The study of physics is a stepstone to understanding the universe around you. The physics courses at Maryville provide a range of classical and modern content, and can be applied towards a minor in physics, as an area of concentration for a science major or as an area of concentration for a secondary education major.
Maryville has housed the talent of some great physicists. Mother Marie Kernaghan, RSCJ was said to be the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics west of the Mississippi. She taught at Maryville for 60 years, and Kernaghan Hall is named in her honor. Doctor Patricia Thro, RSCJ taught at Maryville from 1967 to 1999. She rose to the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs, and The Patricia Thro, RSCJ Observatory is named in her honor.