Physics

Major, Minor

Delve into the theoretical and practical aspects of physics — a field fundamental to the science, engineering and technology industries.

Benefit from innovative teaching methods with an emphasis on active classroom experiences. Learn in cutting-edge environments, guided by the best ideas from leading physics education researchers.

Enjoy a learn-by-doing approach that begins with a first-year introductory class taught without formal lectures and continues in upper-division courses where students work on sophisticated, open-ended projects.

Work in teams to make a wide range of computer-aided measurements to study physics principles and collect and analyze real data (the way a professional scientist would) to discover how physics works in the real world.

Work with a diverse group of peers: 30 percent of our physics students are women and 30 percent are from Hawai'i.

Headlines

Mike Rushfeldt '95

Alumnus and former employee Mike Rushfeldt '95 supports Pacific University with an annual physics scholarship and planned gift. 

Graphic representation of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on Dec. 21, 2020

A rare alignment of the solar system's two largest planets offers a phenomenal view — if the clouds cooperate.

Amber Smith '20

A car accident put Amber Smith's college education on hold. When she returned to campus, she found herself on an unexpected path.