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Physics Department

Welcome to the Physics and Astronomy Department


Major in Physics and Astronomy!

With major tracks in physics, astronomy, and adolescence education in physics, our graduates emerge from the Physics & Astronomy program at New Paltz with excellent employment potential in industry, teaching, research, and government. Our small class sizes and individual attention are complemented by cutting-edge technology, including a 14-inch Celestron Schmidt reflecting telescope at the Smolen Observatory, as well as a state-of-the-art digital planetarium projector at the campus’ own John R. Kirk Planetarium. Recent undergraduate research projects have included utilization of electro-active polymers for robotics; deviation from NFW dark matter halo projections in elliptical galaxies; and biogenic electric currents in early planarian regeneration. Our graduates go on to attend Ph.D. and master’s programs at the country’s most prestigious universities, as well as teach at a number of high schools in the region.

Contact Information

South Classroom Building 107
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-3740
Fax: (845) 257-3755


Test imageCongratulations, May 2013 Physics graduates!