The program in physics is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths including (but not limited to) physics and engineering graduate study, teaching, and direct entry into industry. Physics students gain practical experience through hands-on projects in classes, as well as a senior capstone research project or professional internship. Facilities are available for student research in nonlinear optics, condensed-matter physics, and nuclear physics. The majority of our graduates goes to graduate school in physics and related fields or take engineering-related positions in technical industries.
The Physics program consists of a core set of courses plus additional courses organized by emphasis. Students choose the emphasis that best matches their personal goals.
Currently, the emphases we offer are:
- Traditional Physics, meant for students interested in pursuing careers in applied physics and engineering, or graduate study in physics, engineering, or professional fields, or teaching
- Environmental Science, meant for students interested in pursuing careers or graduate study in areas that combine technical knowledge with environmental issues, such as environmental engineering or alternative energy.