• Physics...The most fundamental of the sciences.
  • In physics we explore such questions as...
  • ...Why is it important to understand such non-linear particles as sand?
  • ...What does understanding falling paper tell us about the flight of birds?
  • How can we use computers to simulate the behavior of atoms and molecules?


Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and is an important part of a liberal-arts education providing background, whatever your major, in physical principles, the observation of natural processes and the logic and nature of science.

In Clark's physics department, our world-renowned faculty work with undergraduate and graduate students to explore the diverse applications of physics to help us understand our physical world.

Clark's physics department is large enough to offer B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, but small and flexible enough to also offer personal, individualized instruction. We encourage you to pursue your interests—and to gain hands-on experience in one of our faculty's internationally-known research groups. 

We offer three tracks within the physics major: the Comprehensive Physics Track, the Applied Physics Track, and the General Physics Track. These 3 physics tracks give our students the ability and flexibility to tailor the major to meet their specific post-Clark career goals. Opportunities available to you as an undergraduate student of physics can be found here.

Physics Department History

Today, physics graduates continue the department's long and illustrious history—which features such internationally acclaimed physicists as Robert Hutchings Goddard, the father of rocket science, and Nobel Prize winner Albert Michelson—going on to distinguished careers in physics, computer science, medicine and health, education, environmental science and software development. Read more about the department's history.

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Organic superconductors

Prof. Agosta Professor Agosta, chair of physics, talks about his research on organic superconductors.

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Undergraduate perspective

Students in Prof. Kudrolli's physics labLEEP Fellows Nikolay Ionkin and Nathan Fitzpatrick investigate fracking-induced quakes with Professor Kudrolli.

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Physics for non-physics majors

Prof. Kudrolli Professor Kudrolli
talks about physics opportunities for non-physics majors.

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Active Matter Research

Active Matter Research Physics Professors Kudrolli, Mukhopadhyay and Petroff are part of interdisciplinary team of Clark scientists using the laws of physics and mathematics to model underlying processes and cooperative behavior observed in nature and biological systems.

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