Physics Concentrations

The physics faculty works with you to design a program of study tailored to your unique interests.

A student majoring in physics chooses from one of three concentrations, usually as a freshman or sophomore. There is overlap among these concentrations, and any of the concentrations provides a solid preparation for a variety of careers. 

Professional Physics Concentration 

Big Data, Modeling and Computational Physics Concentration

Engineering Physics Concentration

Requirements for our 3-2 Engineering Program
Learn about our 3-2 Engineering Program.

Requirements for a Double Major with Secondary Education

A student seeking to be a licensed high-school physics teacher should major in physics and also in secondary education. Within physics, select the engineering physics concentration and enroll in CHE111, 112. Consult an education division advisor to determine which education courses are required.

Requirements for a Minor in Physics
To minor in physics, a student must complete a minimum of 24 credits of physics courses selected in consultation with the physics department chair.

Requirements to graduate with Honors in Physics
A senior who intends to be a candidate to graduate with honors in physics must write and present an honors thesis based on substantial research. The minimum GPA for an honors candidate is 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall.

Jeromy Tompkins doing research in high-energy physics


Physics Program (PDF)
An overview of Gordon's physics program

3-2 Engineering Program (PDF)
An overview of Gordon's 3-2 Engineering Program