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.

Public Observation Nights

Each semester, Millikin hosts Public Observation Nights (PONs) in the Requarth Observatory every Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. when there are clear skies and while the weather is warm (early September–early November in the fall and March to semester’s end in mid-May in the Spring).

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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

Institute for Science Entrepreneurship
Biology | Center for Entrepreneurship | College of Arts & Sciences
Technology and Innovation in the Mining Industry
September 30, 2015, 12:15pm
Technology and Innovation in the Mining Industry Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue...
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Requarth Observatory
Academic | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin physics students, faculty host Public Observation Nights
September 18, 2015, 9:30am
Millikin University is hosting Public Observation Nights (PON) in the Requarth Observatory on Wednesdays from 8 – 10 p.m. throughout the fall 2015 semester. Stargazing takes place on the...
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Millikin Weather Balloon
College of Arts & Sciences | Physics
Near-Space Balloon
December 19, 2014, 12:15pm
Near-Space Balloon To encourage young people thinking about what to do in life, teachers sometimes say the sky's the limit. But even Eric Martell, associate professor of physics at...
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