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About the Program

Physics represents humanity's most profound attempt to understand the universe in which we live.


By studying the events and interactions that occur in nature, our students try to comprehend the truths or laws that govern the physical world. Our physics majors may elect a concentration program in physics or an interdisciplinary program such as applied mathematics, bio-physics, or chemistry.

As a fundamental and all-inclusive science, physics forms an educational base for future careers in science and engineering. Fields such as oceanography, space sciences, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering all involve a strong physics background at the undergraduate level.

Physics News

In the Winter 2015 Universitas magazine

There is significant work being done by the scientists at Notre Dame of Maryland University. And because student collaboration with professors is a hallmark of a Notre Dame education, these scientists conduct their research with students by their side. Read about it in:









Dr. Joseph DiRienzi, Ph.D., professor of physics, in NDMU's Kathleen Price Bryan Planetarium. He and senior Suzanne Hamdy are, are working with a NASA scientist to study how antimatter reactions affect the sun's ability to reflect light.


STEM Grads Share Their Stories

Successful women in STEM is the rule, not the exception, at Notre Dame. Three accomplished Notre Dame graduates were part of a panel discussion for the annual National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM: Pathways to Excellence Career Night on November 11.

The Pathways to Excellence Scholars program prepares promising Women’s College students for careers in high-demand STEM fields where women are traditionally underrepresented. Selected students receive scholarships of up to $10,000 annually; they also work closely with a faculty mentor and attend scientific conferences and other professional development events.

The alumnae are seated in front, from left to right:

Jolanta (Krywonis) Coffey ’98 was an international studies major and psychology minor. She is now a senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Export Assistance Center, International Trade Administration [ITA], United States Department of Commerce.

Jessica Arfaa ’03 was a business/information systems technology major and computer science minor. She is a Ph.D. candidate in information systems at George Washington University. She is also an information and technology services consultant and an associate faculty member at Notre Dame.

Nicole Kotulak ’09, a physics major, recently received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, solar energy, from Delaware University. She is now a postdoctoral associate at the Naval Research Labs in Washington, D. C., Optoelectronics and Radiation Effects Branch, doing research adapting organic molecules to solar cells.