Physics and Earth Science
Offering a comprehensive curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth System Science, a two-year Pre-Engineering Program, and a wide array of courses in the physical sciences.
The Department of Physics and Earth Sciences provides quality education in Physics and Earth sciences for all students at Framingham State University. It offers students a new Earth Science major, providing a broad spectrum of courses to ensure a deep understanding of the systems that govern our home planet. It is host to FSU's Pre-Engineering program, transferring 3rd-year students by Articulation Agreement to UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to complete Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering. In addition, the Department offers minors in Physics and in Earth System Science, hosts the Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Coordinate Major for students in Elementary Education, and provides content courses for future elementary and middle school teachers.
The Department of Physics and Earth Sciences provides foundational required courses for students majoring in biology and chemistry, including pre-medical, pre-veterinary, and Food Science majors, as well as courses satisfying General Education requirements for physical science and laboratory for all students.
The Department offers the advantage of small class sizes, individual attention, and faculty deeply dedicated to student learning. Faculty have training and/or deep interest in science pedagogy and constantly strive to research and practice the best methodologies of teaching and learning in the physical sciences. The Department is dedicated to enhancing, nurturing and respecting diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
Spotlight on Physics & Earth Science
Earth System Science Major
"I have gained an abundance of knowledge about the Earth through my classes, my internship at Northeast Environmental Lab, and my independent exploration of the natural world. I am deeply fascinated by the nature of our planet and the effect that humans have on it. My studies and experiences have given me an incredibly broad perspective and understanding of the function of the Earth and our place in the universe. After graduation, I hope to get involved in climate change research."
"The FSU Pre-Engineering Program got me motivated about not just Engineering, but about making my own education important to me. I was able to get a head start on my degree by taking courses at FSU and then using the University's transfer compact with UMass Lowell to enroll in its Mechanical Engineering program. The professors at FSU prepared me to take my education into my own hands and excel in new and challenging situations."
"A good computer model can enable us to predict the result of an experiment so it can significantly decrease the cost of investigation. I use computer modeling to study phenomena as varied as fluid flow from a jet, heat transfer between two objects, efficient temperature control of buildings, and transfer of water from city to city. I hope to inspire FSU students to develop the skills for a successful career in engineering."