May 27, 2020  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021


Chair of the Department of Physics: Javier Perez-Moreno

Professor: Mary Crone Odekon

Associate Professors: Gregory Gerbi, Kendrah Murphy, Javier Perez-Moreno

Visiting Assistant Professor: Jeremy Wachter

Senior Teaching Professor: Evan Halstead

Senior Instructor: Jill A. Linz

Mechanical Engineering Technician: Jeff Britton

Administrative Assistant: Carolyn Lundy

Department Overview

The physics major offers a thorough grounding in classical and contemporary physics, culminating in a capstone research experience. It provides a basis for graduate education in physics, engineering, astronomy, and related fields; for careers in which analytical and problem-solving skills are important; and for immediate employment in physics and related fields of science, engineering, and technology. For all students, the Physics Department seeks to provide a foundation that can sustain a lifelong interest in science and allow them to make informed, responsible choices as citizens of an increasingly science- and technology-driven society. The college also offers dual degree programs in engineering with Dartmouth College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Clarkson College. Students interested in these programs should consult the section under Preparation for Professions and Affiliated Programs .

Sigma Pi Sigma is a national honor society founded in 1921 to honor outstanding achievement in physics and to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels.  For nomination to the Skidmore chapter, students must, at a minimum, be in the upper one-third of their class in general scholarship and have completed at least three semester courses in physics that can be credited toward a physics major.

Major Requirements


Minor Requirements


Course Listing 

PY 161 - Introductory Seminar in Physics  
PY 271A-D - Intermediate Independent Study in Physics  
PY 273 A-D - Intermediate Research in Physics  
PY 371A-D - Advanced Independent Study in Physics