"The strongest correlation for well-being emerged from a series of questions delving into whether graduates felt emotionally supported at school by a professor or mentor. Those who did were three times as likely to report they thrived as adults." 1

We are not a large department at a research university or a school of engineering, and that's a good thing.  Because our students are our only mission! And our size is ideal for a supportive community that is both focused and flexible.


1Based on a Gallup survey as reported in the Wall Street Journal online article "Elite Colleges Don't Buy Happiness for Graduates" by Douglas Belkin.

Department News


  • Congratulations to Lillian Haerr and Joe Lanier for their induction into Sigma Pi Sigma.
  • The physics department is pleased to announce the addition of a biomedical engineering concentration in its Engineering Physics program.  For more information, click on the Programs tab


  • Xavier physics students Lillian Haerr, Joe Lanier, and Eduardo Rivera presented the results of their research efforts at the 2019 March meeting of the American Physical Society held in Boston.