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.

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

Millikin 300 Below Press Conference
Academic | Biology | Campus
Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship receives $10,000 contribution from 300 Below, Inc.
February 22, 2017, 12:30pm
Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship receives $10,000 contribution from 300 Below, Inc. Millikin University's Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) received a...
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BluSolar
Academic | Campus | Center for Entrepreneurship
BluSolar has impressive showing at Cleantech University Prize Competition
February 13, 2017, 12:30pm
BluSolar has impressive showing at Cleantech University Prize Competition Millikin University student-led startup BluSolar had an impressive showing at the Cleantech University Prize (UP)...
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BluSolar
Campus | Center for Entrepreneurship | College of Arts & Sciences
Millikin students testing new scientific business ideas
January 27, 2017, 12:45pm
Millikin University student-led startup BluSolar has been gaining recognition for its work with clean energy. The startup was not only named a finalist by Clean Energy Trust (CET) for the...
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