Physics and Astronomy








Why Study Physics at Siena?

The Physics & Astronomy Department at Siena College is experiencing a period of growth and revitalization. We have active faculty members who are leading exciting research programs in various fields of astronomy, physics, engineering, and science education. Most of these research programs are funded by the National Science Foundation or NASA. Also, and probably as a result, the number of physics majors is growing. We currently have nearly 60 majors (freshmen through seniors), and we are particularly proud of the large number of women who are currently pursuing physics degrees.



Undergraduate Research Options

The department also offers some pretty amazing research opportunities, and students can get involved as early as their freshman year. Our students participate in research projects on topics such as galaxy evolution, neutrino physics, X-ray spectroscopy, science education research, computational biophysics, atomic spectroscopy, satellite design and space physics. Most of these are paid positions, and students work over the summer and during the school year.

Physics & Astronomy News

  • Professor Studying History of the Universe

    Assistant Professor of Physics John Moustakas, Ph.D., is part of a 10-person team of astronomers who are searching for the first galaxies to form in our 14-billion-year-old universe. The team is making use of data from the Hubble Space Telescope, a space-based observatory that is capable of capturing incredibly sharp images of distant galaxies. Read More

  • A New Approach to Science Research

    Matt Bellis, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and astronomy, was awarded a hardware donation valued at $5,000 from NVIDIA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of graphics processing units. He received a Tesla ​K​40, the latest processor released in November, that will allow students and faculty to conduct more research in less time. Read More

  • Egg-citing Final Project

    Siena College’s Introduction to Engineering course reached egg-citing new heights this semester by holding an egg drop contest as its final project. Students were divided into teams and tasked with designing an object, or objects, that would allow three perfectly intact eggs to survive a drop from the top floor of Rosetti Hall, the College’s newest academic building. Read More