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

Matthew Schmidt Millikin University
Academic | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Engineering in the Modern World
August 16, 2021, 1:30pm
"More than anything, it's the people that make college fun." The following article comes from the Summer 2021 edition of Blue Review, Millikin University's Family Magazine Dual-degree...
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Christmas Star
Academic | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Millikin Professor offers insight into rare "Christmas Star"
December 21, 2020, 12:30pm
"Christmas Star" to be visible this holiday season On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the two largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear closer to each other in a great...
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Justin Craig Millikin University
Academic | Campus | Chemistry
Millikin's Justin Craig named 2020 Lincoln Laureate
November 23, 2020, 12:30pm
Physics, Mathematics double major honored for excelling in the classroom and community Justin Craig, of Naperville, Ill., was recognized as Millikin University's recipient of the Lincoln...
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