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Physics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Physics program at Williams College offers a wide variety of courses ranging from introductory surveys through advanced tutorial courses.  In the tutorials students meet two at a time with the professor and work on challenging problems. 
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The Physics program at Williams College places a strong emphasis on undergraduate participation in ongoing faculty research. All of the physics faculty have active research programs. Since our department has no graduate students, our undergraduate students work directly with faculty members as research collaborators during the January Winter Study Period, during the regular semesters, and during summers. 

Department funds and outside research grants provide several stipends each summer to support students working on research projects. Qualified senior majors have the opportunity to do an honors thesis project under faculty supervision.


Our department offers two majors, the Physics major and the Astrophysics major. Students who elect to major in Physics find that the foundation in fundamental principles and experimental techniques obtained here is excellent preparation for graduate work in the pure or applied sciences, engineering, other professional fields, or for direct entry into the job market.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Mechanics and Waves
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Foundations of Modern Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Vibrations, Waves, and Optics
  • Mathematical Methods for Scientists
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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