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About the Department
The Department of Physics at Lehigh University offers programs leading to the B.A. in astronomy, the B.S. in astrophysics, and to the B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics, as well as a summer research program for undergraduates.
Research areas include astronomy and astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biophysics, computational physics; condensed-matter physics; nano science; non-linear optics and photonics; plasma physics; and staticsical physics.
The Department of Physics is housed in the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences, containing Lewis Laboratory, the Sherman Fairchild Laboratory for Solid State Studies, and a large connecting research wing.
Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania is 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City, making the cultural, entertainment, and transportation facilities of these cities easily accessible. Founded by Moravians in 1741, Bethlehem has its own rich cultural heritage. Dozens of historic buildings and locales have been remarkably preserved and are in current use, giving the community a charming colonial atmosphere.