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
BluSolar
Academic | Center for Entrepreneurship | College of Arts & Sciences
BluSolar accepted into Iowa Startup Accelerator
March 24, 2017, 10:30am
BluSolar, a Millikin University student-led startup, has been accepted into the Iowa Startup Accelerator's (ISA) spring 2017 cohort. BluSolar, along with Global Healthcare Integrators (GHI...
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MU360 Requarth Observatory
Campus | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin360: Requarth Observatory
March 13, 2017, 1:15pm
Housed on the fifth and sixth floors of the Leighty-Tabor Science Center on Millikin University's campus, the Requarth Observatory was built in 2000 and is the largest publicly available...
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BluSolar
Academic | Campus | Center for Entrepreneurship
Millikin startup BluSolar featured in Chicago Inno
February 27, 2017, 1:30pm
BluSolar, a Millikin University student-led startup, recently placed runner-up at the Cleantech University Prize (UP) Pitch Competition in early February. The event was held at the Polsky...
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