Physics

What you’ll study.

Think critically about the way nature works. Learn to describe the world in mathematical and descriptive terms. Conduct research. Disseminate the results. And work for the benefit of humanity. As a physics major, you'll study the foundation of all natural sciences, the applied sciences, and engineering. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Conduct research with faculty in atomic physics, nuclear physics, acoustics, and surface physics, as well as astronomy and planetary science. Explore things like neutron activation analysis, environmental radiation monitoring, and computational physics. And experience applied physics with off-campus study. Physics research opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Your résumé will include experience with an X-ray diffraction system, a 14-inch Celestron telescope, and a historically significant Alvan Clark telescope. Our rigorous curriculum, state-of-the art laboratories, and technology prepare you for advanced studies in engineering, physics, and graduate or professional schools. Potential career paths.

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