World of Physics and the Environment

The World of Physics and the Environment is designed for incoming freshmen who are interested in understanding the universe, or who want to get involved in research that will change industries like robotics, clean energy, and medical imaging. Members of this World will learn more about the field and related career paths, and be introduced to scholars with active and expanding research programs at the University at Albany in areas such as string theory, quantum theory, biophysics, and more.

Click here to view the World of Physics and Environment brochure!


As a member of an L-LC, you will have a built-in community of friends and colleagues right from the start by living in the same hall and taking classes together!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you are an active and engaged member of your L-LC throughout your freshman year, you could become a World Ambassador your sophomore year!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly meals in your own dining hall!
World of Physics and the Environment Lead Faculty: Matthew Szydagis and Jon Petrucelli
Weekly L-LC Dinner: Wednesdays 4:40 - 5:35 PM

Academic Advisor: John Martinez

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as your World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of Physics is open to Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Science majors.

What does the World of Physics and the Environment do?

The World of Physics and the Environment will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year and attend career themed events together.

Fall 2019 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of Physics
ACHM 120: General Chemistry I
APHY 140: Physics I: Mechanics
APHY 145: Physics Lab I

Spring 2020 L-LC Courses
Wiring and Critical Inquiry 101
ACHM: General Chemistry II
APHY 150: Physics II: Electromagnetism
APHY 155: Physics Lab II

Students in the World of Physics and the Environment will participate in community service, as well as a number of workshops and seminars covering topics such as:

  • Review sessions and study groups
  • ‘Society of Physics Students’ club events
  • Organized tours of research laboratories
  • Social gatherings with your friends, such as physics competitions and game show events
  • Research seminars and guest speakers