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We are proud to support so many women every day in this field, along with other STEM fields where women are underrepresented.

The physics department at Smith is a small, tight knit community that provides students with a strong preparation that combines a rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching techniques and supportive, personable faculty and staff. Our students often double major with astronomy, computer science, math, engineering, chemistry and even architecture. When you study physics at Smith, you have the opportunity to carry out leading-edge research on your own or in collaboration with Smith faculty starting your first year. Research interests among our faculty include nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, complex fluids, molecular materials, low-dimensional systems, cold atom physics and cosmology.

But you don't have to be a physics major to get in on the fun. In your physics classes at Smith, you'll ride a hovercraft and build a balloon helicopter to experience Newton's laws, imitate ice skaters to understand conservation principles, and build your own electric generator and make your own lightning to explore electricity and magnetism. You'll create rainbows out of light waves, build your own laser and send a single photon simultaneously through two different doors to uncover the quantum world. You'll put physics into practice by capturing solar energy and using an infrared camera to visualize heat flow and improve energy efficiency. Be a part of the world around you: study physics at Smith!

Starting 2016, we will be offering a Physics Education track within the major.



Particle Physics: From Grains to cells



Continuing in our Spring Lecture series we have an exciting talk on particle physics by Professor Kerstin Nordstrom, PhD, from Mount Holyoke College. Please join us for refresments at 4:00 pm in McConnell 103.



a very special thank you to malgorzata and jurek pfabe

This year, 2016, we had a successful inagural Pfabe Symposium for Undergraduate Research! We thank Malgorzata and Jurek Pfabe for their phenomenal support and continued immense generosity to the Smith College Physics Department.


Spring Lecture Series

Join us at 4:00pm in McConnell for refreshments! Lectures start at 4:15pm.


Februrary 26, 2016 - Chuck Agosta, Clark University

March 25, 2016 - Kerstin Nordstrom, Mount Holyoke College

April 8, 2016 - Catherine McGuinness, Yale University

April 22, 2016 - Charlie Doret, Williams College