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The interrelated concepts of physics have an elegance akin to music or art – a beauty you can apply in solving the world’s most complicated problems. If you can think physics, you can think powerfully about anything.

Physical laws and theories have profound influence on how we view our universe and ourselves. The skills and ideas you develop as a physics major can be applied across all fields of science and technology, as well as in such diverse areas as business and law.

At St. Norbert College, you can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. You can supplement your degree with a secondary education certification.

You also may pursue one of two physics minors:

•    Physics academic minor
•    Physics teaching minor

A Physics Degree at Work
Physics is the most fundamental of all the natural sciences and you’ll find its applications extend to all other areas of human endeavor. A rigorous study of physics sharpens your powers of observation, logic, analysis and problem-solving. These skills are as attractive to graduate-school admissions professionals as they are to Fortune 500 companies.

As a bachelor’s-level physicist, you’re equipped to pursue graduate study in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science or chemistry. You’re also prepared for a variety of careers:

  • Industrial research scientist
  • Risk engineer
  • Computer programmer
  • Technical analyst
  • High school physics teacher
  • Astronomer
  • Laser engineer
  • Physicist

Enrich Your Physics Degree
St. Norbert College offers opportunities for collaborative research with physics faculty members.

Physics majors also may opt to study abroad. Programs on several continents meet course requirements while exposing you to another culture – an experience prospective employers value.

Alumni Perspective

Sam Potier ’17 reflects on his experience as a physics and math major at St. Norbert. Now pursuing his graduate degree at Notre Dame University, Potier is conducting research on adaptive optics which has the potential to open up scientific possibilities that havent been explored yet.

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Alumni Perspective

“Being able to do research for a few hours is one thing, but being able to fully immerse yourself in the field that you love and the field that you’re studying for 24 hours straight, with multi-million-dollar equipment, it was huge.”

Alexis Puyleart ’19
Physics (Pre-Med) Major

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Faculty Perspective

If you ask any physicist what physics is about, says Erik Brekke (Physics), they will say something like, “explaining a large variety of physical phenomena with a single common principle.” The goal, he says, is to explain how a large number of seemingly different things work in terms of the fewest possible laws. It’s a worldview that can promote greater understanding in community as well as in science.

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