If you’re interested in theory and research, a professional concentration will prepare you 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.
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.
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:
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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's physics program and from USC with his Astronautical Engineering degree in 2014. Hear from others ➔
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: