Our department offers tracks in physics and engineering.
Physics embodies the study of the fundamental constituents of the universe, the forces and interactions they exert on one another, and the results produced by these interactions. In general, physics is regarded as the fundamental science because all other natural sciences use and obey the principles and laws set down by the field.
Physics relies heavily on mathematics as the logical framework for formulation and quantification of principles. Physics is the science of matter and its motion; of space and time. As you study physics, you will be caught up in the study of this oldest of sciences with students and faculty who share your interests and challenge your mind.
“The electron is a theory that we use; it is so useful in understanding the way nature works that we can almost call it real.” – Richard Feynman
At PC, the vast majority of your classes will be small and you will have access to your professors in and out of the classroom. You will have opportunities to work with both faculty and fellow students on research projects such as student robotics, a project funded by Microsoft, Space Weather (funded by NASA and NSF), and much more.
Many students, after an academic year full of study, spend their summers in internships and summer research programs at various universities and laboratories. Such experiences will lead to further studies in a topic that interests you and help foster valuable new contacts with students and professors at the host institution. Summer programs can help you make decisions about graduate school and careers after graduation from PC.