The Physics and Astronomy Department is located on the first and second floors of Merrill Science Center. The first floor holds faculty labs, the machine and electronics shops, and the student lounge. The second floor has classrooms, instructional labs, and faculty labs. Faculty and staff offices are spread throughout. The department office is Merrill Science 214. 

Coming soon: We will be moving to a new science center in Fall 2018! 

  Merrill Science and new Science Center construction showing in the background

Merrill Science in the foreground; the new Science Center, under construction, can be seen in the background.

Physics instruction at Amherst began in 1821. Experimental physics focusing on low-temperature physics took off in 1952, and has expanded ever since.  Our current department faculty are engaged in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Atomic Physics, Laser Spectroscopy, Laser Trapping and Cooling, Bose Einstein Condensation, Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries, Particle Physics and High Energy Theory, Experimental Studies in Foundations of Physics, Physics on the Subway, and Experimental Biophysics.  For more information, please follow the links below, or feel free to contact one of our professors.