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

Casey Watson
Academic | Campus | Career Center
How Apollo 11 Moon Landing impacted Millikin professor's career
July 23, 2019, 1:30pm
50th Anniversary of Moon Landing ignites memories Saturday, July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA's Apollo 11...
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Willie Rockward
Campus | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Leadership Impact Series presents Dr. Willie Rockward for MLK Day Celebration
January 11, 2019, 9:30am
Millikin University welcomes President of National Society of Black Physicists In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Millikin University welcomes Dr. Willie Rockward, president of...
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Dr. Suzanne Bell
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
NASA Psychologist Dr. Suzanne Bell to speak at Millikin
October 24, 2018, 11:45am
Composing Teams that are Out of this World NASA and its international partners are planning to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. Mission to Mars will challenge the frontiers of human...
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