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Professional Physics (BS)

If you’re interested in theory and research, a professional concentration will prepare you well for graduate education or a career in the physics industry. Courses span the physics spectrum—from classical mechanics to electromagnetism,  statistical mechanics and quantum physics. You will hone your practical skills in math and computers as you develop your reasoning, experimentation and critical thinking capabilities.

Why study physics at Gordon?

Physics is critical to understanding and advancing our world. As you prepare to develop groundbreaking technologies or push back the boundaries of physics, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty, order and complexity of God’s physical creation. In the Gordon physics community, you’ll build supportive relationships with fellow students and professors, and participate in collaborative research with faculty in our state-of-the-art lab facilities.

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What careers can I pursue with a professional physics concentration (physics major)? 

About half of Gordon’s physics students go straight to graduate school, while others are hired by top companies in a variety of industries. Your educational experience can be customized to fit your vocational goals:

  • Graduate studies
  • Scientific research
  • Government work
  • Teaching
  • Industrial R&D and engineering
  • Computer hardware and software
  • And so much more

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Patrick Harrington ’14

Patrick is working as an intern in the R&D group at Thermo Scientific on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. As the third intern to Thermo on this project, we will be quite proud when the Thermo LIBS efforts come to fruition. Patrick’s senior thesis detailed the many different phenomena that convolute together in a LIBS spectrum, including first principles effects such as Stark broadening and Doppler broadening, as well as experimental effects such as instrument broadening and non-Gaussian beam profiles. Patrick coded a full simulation of these effects on intrinsic line widths and positions in an effort to better understand and calibrate experimental LIBS spectra. Hear from others ➔


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As a physics student, you’ll participate in a yearlong research project—an opportunity to dive deeper into an area of interest together with your faculty mentor. You will also be part of a close-knit community that gathers regularly for shared meals, cheers on first-year students in their annual Robotics Competition, and always has fun physics and engineering projects in the works. Many students also choose to participate in other opportunities:

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Industry internships
  • Society of Physics Students: Gordon’s award-winning student chapter of the American Physics Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma: a national honor society in physics
  • Work on-campus as a teaching assistant or peer tutor
  • Graduate with honors: present an honors research thesis (minimum GPA: 3.5 in physics, 3.0 overall)

Related Programs

Studying physics within a Christian liberal arts framework offers you the flexibility to add another field of study—most commonly mathematics, computer science, chemistry or biology; however, philosophy, economics, sociology, biblical studies and theatre arts have also made it into the mix.


For more information, contact:

David Soong-hua Lee
Physics Department Chair, 3-2 Engineering Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Physics


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