Develop an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern matter, energy and motion and use them to build a better world. Physics governs how our universe works, from the paths of the tiniest drops of water to the movements of planets and stars.

If you love science, Assumption University offers you state-of-the-art laboratories, cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities, and faculty who will help you excel. Assumption graduates enter rewarding careers in medicine, health care, business, education, law, and research. You’ll be grounded in a strong liberal arts tradition that will enable you to achieve your dreams.

At Assumption, it’s all about opportunities. The opportunity to work alongside faculty researchers in our state-of-the-art science center. The opportunity to gain hands-on experience at highly regarded internship sites around Worcester and across the country. The opportunity to live and learn in a community that really is dedicated to you and your future.

You’ll develop and refine skills of inquiry with a focus on the brain and mind as well gain a strong understanding of the classic and contemporary findings of this dynamic and multidisciplinary field. Through experiments of your own design and execution, you will test hypotheses and critically analyze your findings.
At Assumption, physics minors study both theory and application. A minor in physics can be an invaluable addition to your educational path and provide a solid background for a variety of careers.

Learn by Doing

Assumption offers paid summer research opportunities so you can work on campus with our faculty. Many motivated undergraduates intern at major research institutions around the country, with funding provided by the National Science Foundation, or one of the innovative scientific organizations in Worcester.

Program Contact

Brian K. Niece, Ph.D

Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
508-767-7209 Testa Science Center - Room 209

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Physics students take 6 courses (18 credits) in math and science to complete the requirements of the minor. Three of those six courses can double-count towards both a Physics minor and another major or minor.

    Required Courses for Minor
    PHY 201 General Physics I
    PHY 202 General Physics II
    PHY 480 Modern Physics
    Students must also complete three of the following eight courses (no more than two of the three can be from the mathematics offerings)
    CHE 311 Physical Chemistry I
    CHE 312 Physical Chemistry II
    PHY 112 Introduction to Astronomy (with a Special Project)
    PHY 213 Introduction to Engineering
    PHY 275 Applied Optics
    PHY 491-492 Independent Study in Physics
    MAT 331 Calculus of Vector Functions
    MAT 351 Modern Algebra I
    MAT 355 Differential Equations

    Course Descriptions


Brian K. Niece, Ph.D
Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences Professor of Chemistry
Georgi Y. Georgiev, Ph.D
Professor of Physics
Maria Teresa Herd
Assistant Professor of Physics Associate Professor of Physics 3-2 engineering program director
Jessica Rosewitz
Adjunct Faculty
Wego Wang
Adjunct Faculty, Physics

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Pathways to Success

Graduate schools where Assumption Natural Sciences students have been accepted

Boston University

Duke University

Northeastern University

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Florida

University of New Hampshire

University of Rhode Island

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

Career Paths

Sample Careers

At Assumption, physics majors and minors study both theory and application. A minor in physics can be an invaluable addition to a student’s educational path and provide a solid background for a variety of careers.
  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Sound Engineering  
  • Teaching

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