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The diversity and solid foundation in science fundamentals provided by the program in physics will prepare a student for virtually any modern technical career. In addition, the curriculum is flexible, and allows students to orient their degree towards other disciplines. A physics degree is versatile as is evident from the wide variety of positions held by trained physicists; in the past, physics students have pursued successful careers in not only physics but also chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, computer science, medicine, technical writing, law, and business.
Yes! We strongly encourage our students to get involved in research in physics, and there are many opportunities to do so, including the summer VURF program, departmental support, faculty research grants, and external programs like the NSF REU. We also offer various teaching assistant positions each semester.
The Physics Department is an exceptionally well-equipped undergraduate department. We have a Mössbauer spectrometer, an X-ray diffractometer, a state-of-the-art computer lab (including access to the supercomputers of the gravitational wave-detecting, Nobel Prize-winning LIGO collaboration), and a machine shop, where Drs. Chuss, DeGeorge, and their students build instruments to measure astronomical polarization.