Earth
DEPARTMENT of

Physical Sciences




Subatomic particles and gigantic rock formations, the chemistry that makes up our bodies and the physics that lets us explore the farthest reaches of the solar system—in our department you learn about the big and the small, the near and the far.

Delve into current research in the fields of chemistry, physics and earth and planetary sciences. Although we are a small campus, our students have access to state-of-the-art technology, including robotic telescopes and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.



I truly think the fact that we are interdisciplinary is our biggest strength.

Hilary Corlett, assistant professor

Check out our new major

If you love chemistry, our new major might just be what you are looking for. Learn core chemistry and explore interdisciplinary chemical fields. With this major, you meet the requirements for attaining Professional Chemist designation, opening the door to nation-wide employment.

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Dig a little deeper

We offer senior-level courses that allow you to explore specialized content or emerging issues in greater depth. The topics change each year and reflect the particular expertise of our faculty members.