Physics and Astronomy at Pomona
Professor David Tanenbaum explains what makes the Physics and Astronomy majors at Pomona College special.
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Courses in physics and astronomy give you a chance to explore the interactions of matter and energy at the deepest level, in contexts ranging from the subatomic to the cosmic.The discipline has also provided insights that have fundamentally shaped Western thought in philosophy, religion, history, and politics. Our courses teach problem-solving, reasoning, and experimental skills that are extremely valuable in other academic disciplines, the job market, and everyday life. Graduates with physics degrees achieve success in a diverse range of fields, including engineering, medicine, aerospace, and business.
Our Pomona Physics and Astronomy Department is dedicated to providing the best possible courses in undergraduate physics and astronomy. This includes our introductory sequences in Physics, which make use of laboratory experiences developed here in Claremont, and an advanced sequence that makes use of our Six Ideas that Shaped Physics curriculum, written by Pomona College’s Thomas Moore. Our upper level courses feature advanced laboratories that make full use of our facilities, and which allow students to design and conduct their own experiments. Many of our upper level theoretical courses include tutorials, where students are taught in groups of two or three, and where they lead presentations of derivations for advanced physics formulae.
Our eight permanent faculty do lively research in a variety of areas, including nanotechnology, Bose-Einstein condensates, biophysics, and observational astrophysics using both ground-based and space telescopes. Our extraordinary facilities for research include a research-grade 1-meter telescope at the mountaintop site known as Table Mountain and a scanning electron microscope, and tunneling microscope. Our rich and innovative curriculum explores topics ranging from the physics of music to general relativity and cosmology. Our graduates include not only academic and industrial research scientists, but also doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and movie/TV technicians. Physics and astronomy provides mental tools for success in a wide range of fields!
|David Tanenbaum||Department Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 621-8722||Seeley G. Mudd 215|
|Philip Choi||Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 607-0890||Seeley G. Mudd 213|
|Janice Hudgings||Seeley W. Mudd Professor of Physics||(909) 621-8729||Seeley G. Mudd 216A|
|John Koulakis||Visiting Lecturer||(909) 621-8724|
|Alfred Kwok||Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 621-8724||On Leave|
|Richard Mawhorter||Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 621-8725||Seeley G. Mudd 212|
|Thomas Moore||Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 621-8726||Mason Hall 107|
|Bryan Penprase||Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy||(909) 621-8727||On Leave|
|Hillary Smith||Visiting Lecturer||(909) 621-8724|
|Adrian Soldatenko||Visiting Faculty||(909) 607-9312||Seeley G. Mudd 211|
|Loredana Vetere||Visiting Faculty||(909) 621-8302||Seeley G. Mudd 216B|
|Dwight Whitaker||Associate Professor of Physics||(909) 607-9795||Seeley G. Mudd 216A|
|Alma Zook||Professor of Physics and Astronomy||(909) 621-8723||Seeley G. Mudd 214|
|Catalin Mitescu||Emeritus Faculty Member|
|Natalie Hughes||Academic Coordinator||(909) 621-8724||Seeley G. Mudd 217|
|Glenn Flohr||Senior Laboratory Machinist||(909) 621-8720||Seaver North 7|
|Tony Grigsby||Senior Electronics Technician||(909) 621-8718||Seeley G. Mudd 140-141|
|David Haley||Senior Laboratory Technician||(909) 621-8721||Seeley G. Mudd 132|
Mailing AddressPomona College, Physics and Astronomy, 610 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Campus LocationSeeley G. Mudd Hall