Offered as a major (B.A. or B.S.) and a minor

Physics addresses the question of how and why things work.

Its inquiries span from the forces which govern subatomic particles to the large-scale phenomena which shape our universe as a whole.

The Curriculum

Learn from all angles

Through a combination of interactive lectures, instructive demonstrations, and laboratory experiments, you will hone your knowledge and skills from multiple angles.

Build on a foundation of concepts and laws

A strong foundation in classical and modern physics and in applied mathematics is crucial to the scientific inquiries of physics. You will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and laws of physics and acquire familiarity with data acquisition and analysis instrumentation.

Model the world through mathematics

You will translate physical problems into mathematical models by analyzing the physical situation for dominant effects and describing those effects in terms of mathematical variables. You will then solve and interpret these problems using the tools of mathematics.

Experimentation is a key experience

You will employ the scientific method in the execution of experiments and the analysis of experimental results. Your experience will give you the opportunity and ability to work independently as well as engage in successful collaborations.

Get practical experience

Physics majors often participate in summer undergraduate research programs as well as internships with local industries. The practical experience these opportunities provide is invaluable, and we will heavily encourage you to participate in them.

Do original research—then present it

As a senior, you will apply both theoretical and experimental approaches in your capstone course, which culminates in an original research paper. This research is then often presented at a national meeting. Past topics of student research have included fluid dynamics, biomedical engineering, laser medicine, nuclear radiation, and digital communication.

Choose between a B.S. or B.A. degree

If you are interested in graduate studies in physics or engineering, a bachelor of science degree will serve as an excellent foundation.

If you prefer a more liberal approach to your studies, a bachelor of arts degree will allow you to explore the relationship of physics with another field of interest.

Your Future

Physics graduates easily find employment and those who opt to continue studies in graduate school are accepted into programs at universities throughout the nation.

Our alumni study at:

  • Washington State University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Colorado State University
  • Willamette University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln

They work for:

  • Association Reserves
  • California Psych Care, Inc.
  • FzioMed, Inc.
  • U.S. Navy
  • SmithGeiger
  • North Memorial Health Care
  • Teledyne Scientific Company

Career paths:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Regional Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Nuclear Instructor
  • Radiation Health Officer
  • Test Enginner/ Fabricator
  • Software Engineer