The courses in physics and astronomy are designed to serve both students interested in science as an important part of a general education and those desiring intensive training in physical science.

Students may major in physics as preparation for further professional training in physics, astronomy, or engineering, or as excellent background for careers in other fields such as medicine, law, biology, geology, and secondary school science teaching.

The physics major offers concentrations in physics, astrophysics, and materials physics. Students interested in careers in engineering may also consider the Combined Liberal Arts and Engineering Program .

We encourage students with special interests to include physics and astronomy courses in an individual major, or to plan a double major. Physics and astronomy students at Oberlin have opportunities to work closely with faculty members on research projects during the academic terms, winter term, and in the summer.

Students interested in the major are encouraged to explore the department’s mission, pathways to the major, objectives and more, to help you determine if a course of study in physics and astronomy is right for you.