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

Requarth Observatory
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Public Observation Nights return to Millikin's Requarth Observatory
April 11, 2022, 1:45pm
Stargazing to take place on roof of Leighty-Tabor Science Center Public Observation Nights at Millikin University's Requarth Observatory are returning each Wednesday for spring 2022...
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Millikin professor shares excitement about the most powerful telescope launched by NASA
January 13, 2022, 2:30pm
MU professor offers insight into James Webb Space Telescope Christmas 2021 saw the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that now serves NASA as another eye in the sky. A joint...
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Matthew Schmidt Millikin University
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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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