Majors in physics are prepared to do graduate work in physics and related areas, which can lead to careers in teaching and research or research in industrial or government laboratories. Physics majors are also well equipped to pursue additional studies in engineering and typically are strong candidates for medical school, dental school, and law school. Employment opportunities are also available in industry, government and secondary school teaching.
Opportunities are available for off-campus study during the school year, particularly participation in the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Oak Ridge Science Semester conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The curriculum in physics can be adjusted to accommodate participation in other off-campus study programs as well. An active Society of Physics Students chapter sponsors seminars, field trips, tutoring and social events from a clubroom, and the Astronomy Club members have regular access to the campus telescopes. A prize established by Nobel Laureate E.T.S. Walton is given annually to the outstanding senior physics major, and the Physics Faculty and Alumni Scholarship is given annually to an entering student.
Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics B exam will receive one unit of credit for Physics 115. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Physics C: Mechanics exam will receive one unit of credit for Physics 116. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam will receive one unit of credit for Physics 168.