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The scope of physical studies—from atoms to galaxies—is well represented in the department’s imaginative curriculum, which promotes collaborative learning among faculty members and students. About 90 percent of majors carry out a research project at Carleton or another laboratory or university. Physics studies are centered in Olin Hall, with spacious teaching laboratories, research areas, and computer facilities. Goodsell Observatory contains a 16-inch and an 8-inch refractor, six portable telescopes, seven CCD cameras, and a spectograph. Students can travel with a faculty member to various U.S. observatories, including Arecibo in Puerto Rico.

You can major in this subject.

For more information, see the Physics and Astronomy site.

  • Olin Hall

    Physics and Astronomy is housed in Olin Hall

    In Olin Hall you'll find the Psychology, Physics and Astronomy departments as well as science classrooms and labs.

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  • Carleton buildings

    Physics and Astronomy is housed in Olin Hall

    Carleton students choose a major near the end of their sophomore year, either from one of the subjects listed below or by creating a special major. Students may also pursue a minor.