Our physics programs include physics, applied physics and minors in astronomy and physics, as well as physics education certification. They provide a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes active and hands-on learning in experiment, theory and computational work. A key feature of our program is the availability of research opportunities in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, history of science, nanotechnology, nuclear physics and physics education. 

Teaching facilities include a 16-inch GOTO telescope and CCD at Rice Creek Observatory, state of the art modern physics, optics, nanophysics, condensed matter physics, thin films and quantum physics laboratories.

The department operates a Spitz digital planetarium with a 24-foot projection dome that can seat 35 people and has a 180 degree field of view. This is fully digital and has a built in 5.1 surround sound system. The planetarium is actively used in teaching and outreach.

Majors and Programs

You can pursue a bachelor of arts in physics for a broad liberal education and a substantial physics component or a bachelor of science degree with a stronger physics component for students planning to do graduate work or eventually seek positions in research and development. The BS degree has two potential tracks: a traditional physics program, and one more geared toward those interested in a future in engineering. 

Students pursuing an education degree can do so with a physics certification (grades 7 to 12). We also offer a physics minor and astronomy minor.

Student Opportunities

We offer a wealth of research opportunities working with faculty on topics as diverse as astrophysics, chemical physics, condensed matter physics, history of science, nanotechnology, nuclear physics and physics education. Projects can be experimental, theoretical or computational. The department also offers a number of outstanding research opportunities at leading research institutions abroad in Brazil, India and Taiwan.

Students regularly present the results of their work at regional, national and international conferences in their area. The department recently hosted the 2014 New York state section of the American Physical Society meeting focusing on Astrophysics. 

Physics students can join members the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society). 


The physics faculty are committed to providing our students with a supportive environment that helps students reach their full potential. Our diverse faculty have a wealth and breadth of experience including a record of significant scholarly activity in peer-reviewed journals and securing external grants. They are all teacher-scholars dedicated to providing innovative and lasting learning experiences for students.

Dr. Dale Zych - Department Chair (Retired)

Ms. Deborah J. Haynes - Department Secretary 
Office: 294 Shineman Office 
Hours: 8:00-11:45 Monday - Friday 
Phone: 315-312-3044

Dr. Anne Caraley - Full Time Faculty 
Office: 258 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2681 

Dr. Kent Dristle - Adjunct Faculty 
Office: 237 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2878 

Brian Familo
Office:  294 Shineman
Phone:  No Phone

Dr. Carolina Ilie - Full Time Faculty
Office: 254 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-5751 

Dr. Shashi Kanbur - Full time Faculty 
Office 252 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2679 

Dr. Alok Kumar - Full Time Faculty 
Office: 256 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2695 

K. Eric Mauser - Adjunct Faculty 
Office: 292 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-3091 

Thomas McCaffrey - Adjunct Faculty 
Office: 292 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2962 

Carol Naron - Adjunct Faculty 
Office: 294 Shineman Center 
Phone: NA 

Dr. Scott Roby 
Office: 239 Shineman 
Center Phone: 315-312-2790 

John Rusho - Adjunct Faculty 
Office: 292 Shineman Center
Phone: 315-312-2803 

Dr. Ildar Sabirianov 
Office: 255 Shineman Center
Phone: 315-312-2680 

Bruce Zellar - Technical Specialist 
Office: 285 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2682 

Dr. John Zielinski - Visiting Professor 
Office: 255 Shineman Center 
Phone: 315-312-2677 


Dr. Ronald Brown 

Dr. Ram Chaudhari

Roger Hinrichs

Paul Liebenauer

After Oswego

The strong foundation of our physics program paves the way for graduates to attend prestigious doctoral programs, pursue engineering careers or work in any number of job fields. For example, 1977 graduate Peggy Focarino currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Students have gone to graduate school at Dartmouth, Clarkson, University of Massachusetts amongst others.  Other students have gone on to work at Intel, secondary education, software engineering and the finance industry.