Amherst student conducting physics research
Once you’ve declared your major, it’s important that you establish regular contact with your advisor, your professors, and with the department office staff. They can be tremendous resources for you and help you maximize your college experience.

Research opportunities in the department abound. Get to know who is working on what, talk with students and faculty, and find something that excites you. Many students have paid research positions in the summer. We also encourage you to consider applying for external summer research.  A variety of opportunities are available to Amherst College students through the Five College consortium as well. 

Part-time jobs are often available in the department. Both astronomy and physics graders and Teaching Assistants are usually needed during the year. Ultimately we want to facilitate your goals.  We want to help you get a job or further your education in graduate or professional school.