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Physics (BA)

Get the best of both worlds by combining rigorous physics training with the Christian liberal arts. A Bachelor of Arts in physics offers you the flexibility to take full advantage of opportunities at Gordon, including the options to double major, pursue a minor (or two), and study abroad. The B.A. is also designed for students who plan to complete our 3–2 Engineering Program or secondary education degree, or who want to otherwise tailor their studies outside the physics major.

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 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
  • Data analysis
  • Computer programming
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Government work
  • Teaching
  • And so much more

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Brian Landis ’14

Brian is working at UTC Aerospace Systems on advanced cargo-handling systems in wide-body jets (for both Boeing and Airbus). He’s located in North Dakota. Brian too graduated from Gordon with his Physics degree and from USC with his Astronautical Engineering degree in 2014. 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: our 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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