Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Physics Major and Minor

From spacecraft to polymers, physics requires the integration of other fields. While everyone has the same foundation, majors pick an interdisciplinary track to meet their interests and goals, making our curriculum as individual as our students.

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Your Four-Year Journey

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Take foundational courses in physics and mathematics. You're also encouraged to take introductory courses in a different science area to start connecting physics to other academic fields.

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Familiarize yourself with theoretical, computational, and experimental physics. Take Communication in Physics, where you'll learn error analysis, experimental techniques, writing, and speaking skills needed to complete the Senior Comp.

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Prepare a plan for advanced courses with the aid of their advisor and incorporate your current goals and future objectives after graduation.

Begin your Senior Comp, a significant piece of original work demonstrating your ability to work independently, synthesize information, and write or speak persuasively.

Olivia Krieger, Alumna

Physics Major/Philosophy and Mathematics Double Minor, Class of 2020

“ The physics major is very flexible, which is great if (like me) you are unsure what you are most interested in. You get to decide which physics classes to take, allowing you to tune your schedule to best reflect what you are most excited to learn. ”