Physics Programs

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

A student majoring in physics chooses from either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. is designed for those who wish to take full advantage of the liberal arts offered at Gordon, including choosing to double major or participate in the 3-2 program. The B.S. includes a research project senior year as well as a greater number of upper division physics courses. There is overlap among these programs, and any of the concentrations prepares students for a variety of careers. 

Bachelor of Arts in Physics 

Bachelor of Arts in Physics, 3-2 Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Professional Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Engineering Concentration

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