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Physics Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Welcome to the Physics Program SUNY Plattsburgh

Our primary goal is to prepare you for a career in physics, engineering or teaching. Since many career areas in the field of science are multidisciplinary in nature and involve the solution of mission-oriented problems, our program provides you with a solid background in science and mathematics and the opportunity to select courses that fulfill your personal educational and career goals.

The interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum allows you to design a program to match your interests in such areas as mathematics, chemistry, biophysics, geophysics, computer science, and environmental science. You can accomplish this with either double or single major, or simply by adding a minor to your major in another field.

You will acquire the background necessary to enter industrial research laboratories, go on to pursue graduate degrees, or enter the world of education as a middle or high school teacher.

Need More Information About Physics or Engineering?

Visit our about physics page, or our careers in physics page. If you would like even more information on the wonders of physics and career opportunities in physics and engineering, go to our resources page. Once you've decided that physics or engineering is for you,

Get to Know Us

Visit the physics faculty directory. Once there, you can click on a faculty member’s name to learn what they do and a bit about them. If you have a question about their field of research, send them an email.

Get to Know the Program

Visit our facilities page to learn more about SUNY Plattsburgh, then visit our faculty research, Physics Club and Astronomy Club pages to find out what our faculty and students do.

You can also learn more about our current SUNY Plattsburgh students by visiting the student profiles page, or find out what some of our former students are doing now by going to our alumni profiles page.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Enjoy the site, and best wishes for your college career.
— Tom Wolosz, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics


Physics/Math Major Helps SUNY Plattsburgh Women's Ice Hockey Team to
National Championship


Giovanna Senese may spend a lot of time in her Mathematics and Physics classes, but that doesn't stop her from being an intergral part of the National Champion SUNY Plattsburgh Women’s Ice Hockey Team.  This season Giovanna scored 14 goals and had 15 assists in helping the team to a National Championship. Read about the Woman's Ice Hockey Champs winning the National Title.


SUNY Plattsburgh Physics Major to Conduct Research at Argonne National Lab.

Cole Martin, a physics major at SUNY Plattsburgh, will conduct research at the United States Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory over the summer of 2014. Cole will be investigating anomalous properties about the electroweak force and the mechanism which breaks its symmetry. He will be running computer simulations in the programming language of C++ to estimate the order of magnitude in which particle interactions will occur. Read more about Cole in the Plattsburgh Spotlight.


SUNY Plattsburgh Physics Club Printing 3-D Roses for Charity

Using the Physics Department's new 3-D printer, Justin Collins and Dan Stowe raise $500 for charity. Read the article in Cardinal Points, the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper.


Engineering Club Builds Battery-Powered Car

The Physics/Pre-Engineering Club is putting together an electric car. Read the article in Cardinal Points, the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper. 


Looking Up: Galilean Society Brings Heavens to Earth

Love the sky? Read about the SUNY Plattsburgh Astronomy Club in the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper. Read the article.


Julia Carson, SUNY Plattsburgh Physics-Education Student Receives Nationally Recognized Award for Future Teachers.

Read the article in Cardinal Points, the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper.


Galilean Society Hosts Girl Scouts.

Combining a love of the sky and the goal of a teaching career, the SUNY Plattsburgh Astronomy Club teaches Girl Scouts methods of sky obervation. Read the article in Cardinal Points, the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper.


Physics Club Puts Green Grants To Use On Bike

The Physics/Pre-Engineering Club builds an electric bike. Read the article in Cardinal Points, the SUNY Plattsburgh student newspaper.


Photo of students building the trebuchetPhysics/Engineering Club ‘Pumpkin-Chucks’ Its Way to Glory

Members of the college’s Physics/Engineering Club placed third in a contest of ingenuity, engineering … and pumpkin smashing. They took part in the Second Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival, held Oct. 3 at the Boyden Family Farm in Cambridge, Vt.

A Centuries-Old Device

“What we use to throw the pumpkin is a trebuchet, which is a medieval catapult, really,” said Sam Wagner, a senior physics/engineering major. “It’s nothing advanced, but it’s still fun for people who enjoy physics to get to actually use some of the equations you learned and some of the concepts – to put it into practice.” Read more.


Photo of the new telescopeDavid H. Levy Observatory: Educational Tool for Students and Scientists

To one renowned astronomer, a longtime SUNY Plattsburgh treasure shines because of its darkness."It's one of the darkest spots in the United States," Dr. David Levy said of Twin Valleys Educational Center — SUNY Plattsburgh's multi-use outdoor education/ recreation center. The site, he said, is nearly as dark as it was 40 years ago, when he attended Twin Valleys science camps as a teenager.

14-inch Telescope Connects to Campus Via Broadband

Twin Valleys' remote location in nearby Lewis, N.Y., has made it an increasingly valuable resource for astronomers because it's relatively free of light pollution. And soon, young astronomers will be able to enjoy the benefits of Twin Valleys without leaving the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The Gerard L. Cutting Pavilion at the David H. Levy Observatory houses a 14-inch telescope that will be accessible on campus via a broadband connection. Read more.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about physics at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Thomas H. Wolosz, Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 123
Phone: (518) 564-4031
Fax: (518) 564-3169

SUNY Plattsburgh
Physics Department
Hudson Hall 337
Plattsburgh, NY 12901