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.


Pacific students have a new place to make their ideas take shape — the Boxer Makerspace. It’s an inviting new area on the second floor of the Tim & Cathy Tran Library where students can use 3D printers, a laser engraver, a vacuum formbox and other tools to create prototypes of their own design.

Andrewa Noble

Andrewa Noble was mathematics pioneer, attending Pacific in the 1920s and earning a PhD in mathematics in 1936. She was a a professor and chair of the Pacific University Math Department before her retirement in 1965. She was also chair of the chemistry, physics and math section of the Northwest Scientific Association.

Patchwork Galaxy Image

This project consists of an installation and series of talks that dig into that question. In “Patchwork Galaxy”, the painter, Kendra Larson and musician, Christopher Buckingham explore symbolism, light, and the universe.