Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

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Program Description

Physics is a science that looks to answer an ambitious range of questions, from the theoretical (How did the universe get made?) to the practical (How does a cellphone work?). Physics studies matter, energy, and how they interact. A degree in physics offers flexibility, with graduates going on to advanced degrees in science, engineering and numerous fields; including medical, law or business school. If you are a problem solver who wants to be challenged analytically as well as creatively, consider enrolling in physics.

Through hands on classes, you will gain a foundational knowledge in the theory, application and discourse of physics. Coursework is taught by professors actively researching some of the most important and exciting topics in the field; including nuclear physics, computational physics and robotics. As a student you will have the opportunity to conduct research alongside your professors, coauthor work, and present at local, state, and national forums.

In addition to the regular physics major a pre-engineering 3+2 program is also offered, that puts you on a path to earn a physics degree at Canisius before moving on to earn a full engineering degree at partner institutions.

Highlighted Courses

  • Basic Electronics
  • Modern Physics Laboratory
  • Quantum Mechanics I and II


As a student of physics, you will benefit from extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the material. Class sizes are small, especially in the upper tier courses, allowing you to receive maximum attention from professors. Physics students enjoy marked success in whatever their endeavors after graduation may be.


Graduates that earned PhDs in physics or related fields in 15 years.


Typical size of upper level classes.

Faculty Scholarship

Michael H. Wood, an associate professor of physics at Canisius College, will use a $105,000 National Science Foundation grant to better understand how subatomic particles – the building blocks of the universe – are created.  Physics majors at Canisius will be able to participate in the research and assist in data analysis.

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Collaborative Opportunities

The Physics Department enjoys close collaborations with scientists in other departments with related research interests. Industrial collaborations have expanded in recent years with the growth of the “high-tech” base in Buffalo. The strong support of basic and applied research by Canisius College has enabled the development of new research directions in the Physics Department, and is an indication of a deep commitment to academic excellence.

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