Physics majors receive a broad but rigorous education in basic scientific principles that govern the behavior of matter and energy in nature. The program provides hands-on experience in electronics, optics, nuclear physics, astronomy and solar energy. Students also take courses in chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and the liberal arts. Senior students pursue research projects. The College's planetarium provides a rich enhancement to the program. Most graduates pursue graduate study or enter highly competitive positions in industry and education.
Core requirements - 7 units of Physics
- Physics 141, 142, 211, 212, 222, 411, 511
- Physics 221, 251, 311, 312, 361, 412, 512,531, 541, 542, 491
- The senior year Learning Community consists of Physics 411 or 511, coupled with another lecture course or individualized research, and the Reflective Tutorial includes two presentations in the physics seminar or a senior thesis (Physics 543).
- Mathematics 121, 122, 223, 233
The courses must be chosen from Chemistry 111 or higher, and Mathematics 230 or higher or Computer Applications 130 or higher.
- It is recommended that students who plan to go to graduate school in physics take Physics 311, 361, at least one other physics elective, Math 232 and one year of French or German.
- Physics 141, 142, 211
- Any physics courses beyond Physics 211.
- Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Computer Applications
- Chemistry 111, 112, Computer Applications 130, Physics 141, 142 211, 221, 222, Mathematics 121, 122, 223,233