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The Department of Physics and Earth Science offers a strong curriculum in physics--the study of both the fundamental laws of nature and the theories and concepts that explain those laws--as well as courses in geology, meterology, and astronomy. Graduates pursue careers as physicists, astronomers, patent lawyers, and mechanical, acoustical, electrical, and nuclear engineers.

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  • Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Introductory Physics
  • Digital Electronics and Microprocessors
  • Linear Electronics
  • Modern Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Physical Optics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields Physics
  • Seminar
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study Honors


  • Introductory Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Astronomy
  • Introductory Geographical Information Systems
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study
  • Honors


Collier Hall of Science offers excellent facilities and resources, including student research laboratories, a 24-hour reading room and reference library, a complete machine shop, an electronics laboratory for both linear and digital electronics, a fully instrumented laboratory for atomic and nuclear physics, a Mössbauer system, an X-ray diffraction system, a non-linear optics and laser research laboratory, and extensive computer facilities. A National Science Foundation grant provided funds for a unique electronic instrumentation network that facilitates the use of scientific instruments in teaching and research labs across the Moravian science division.


Student research is encouraged through independent study, the Honors program, and summer undergraduate research programs. Specialized courses may be taken through cross- registration at other Lehigh Valley colleges. The department has local chapters of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, and the Society of Physics Students.