The department offers a major, minor and modified major in Physics and Astronomy, as well as a major in Engineering Physics.

About The Majors

The physics and astronomy majors at Dartmouth are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in analytic thinking, problem solving, and the fundamentals of physics and astronomy. The introductory courses are offered at a number of levels: you can begin a major at Dartmouth even if you've never had any physics or astronomy before. There are also introductory sequences designed for students with advanced placement in just math, or in both math and physics. Later on, a wide variety of upper-level electives allows each student to tailor the physics and astronomy majors to match their own interests. 

Students who are interested in both the fundamental aspects of physics and in practical applications may want to consider the Engineering Physics major. This program offers a broad array of courses drawn from both the Physics and Astronomy department and the Thayer School of Engineering. 

Physics major: Overview
Astronomy major: Overview
Engineering-Physics major: Overview

Many students at Dartmouth find that their educational goals at Dartmouth are best met by majoring in one subject while minoring in a second.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers minors in Astronomy and Physics.

See the ORC for more prerequisites and requirements for majors, modified majors and minors.