Our programs are designed to give you, in addition to the fundamentals of physics, a broad range of skills in laboratory techniques, critical thinking, computer use, and teamwork, which will serve you well in your chosen career.
Many graduating physics majors proceed to graduate work in physics, biophysics, astrophysics, or to medical school. Other graduates choose to proceed directly to positions in government, industry, or education.
To satisfy the needs of those interested in physics, the Department of Physics offers a broad range of courses. Classes tend to be small, and the faculty to majors ratio of about 1 to 1.5 is quite high making faculty very accessible to students.
As a physics major, you are strongly encouraged to participate in physics research projects directed by faculty members.
Courses at the 400 level are typically taken by our undergraduate seniors, but they are also open to and often taken, for graduate credit, by entering graduate students who wish to consolidate a thorough foundation before entering the higher level courses.