Overview

Physics is, in many ways, the oldest and most fundamental of the sciences. Physicists study the natural world - from the exceedingly small, trying to understand what the basic building blocks of everything are, to the astronomically big, trying to understand the history and structure of the universe as a whole, and everything in between. Studying physics will train you to think critically and to analyze and solve complex problems, skills which will serve anyone well in any career. Simply put, a major in physics can take you anywhere. Students majoring in physics go on to graduate schools in physics and engineering, positions in industry, business, and medicine, and become, among other things, researchers, professors, doctors, ministers, and MBAs.

Pre-Engineering Programs

Because of the myriad options that students with physics degrees have after graduation, each physics major, in conjunction with their advisor, will choose a program of courses that will best serve their post-graduation plans. If you plan on advanced work in physics, engineering, or astrophysics, your coursework would be heavier on physics and mathematics. On the other hand, if you want to pursue a career in another field, but still want all the advantages of a strong background in physics, you would take a core group of physics courses as well as certain upper-level courses in other areas. More details on how this works and how you would design your individualized major program are available on our Pre-Engineering page.

Physics News
Solar Eclipse
Academic | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Millikin faculty, students lead solar eclipse viewing events
August 22, 2017, 2:30pm
Millikin faculty, students lead solar eclipse viewing events Many people from the local Decatur community joined the millions of Americans around the U.S. to watch the total solar...
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Casey Watson
College of Arts & Sciences | Community | Physics
Millikin professor talks Solar Eclipse experience
August 11, 2017, 12:15pm
Millikin professor talks Solar Eclipse experience The total solar eclipse will be making its way across the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 21. Many times a solar eclipse only passes over a portion...
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Total Solar Eclipse
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Millikin faculty prepare for Total Solar Eclipse
July 17, 2017, 2:45pm
Millikin faculty prepare for Total Solar Eclipse The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, is fast approaching. The event is being described as the "Great American Eclipse" as it will be...
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