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Physics students study the interaction of matter and energy on all size and time scales: from the smallest particles to the largest galaxy superclusters and from processes lasting a fraction of a nanosecond to billions of years. Physics helps explain the world. Westminster College offers a rigorous and active program in which students construct quantitative models of natural phenomena, study them by applying analytical or computational techniques, and test them by making measurements in a well-equipped laboratory. Students majoring in physics work closely with faculty on course-related work, and all students are engaged in individual research projects with faculty every semester starting in their sophomore year. Westminster physics majors might: observe one distant star eclipsing another, design and operate a remote-controlled environmental hazard probe, simulate the behavior of colliding galaxies, develop approaches for teaching physics to visually-impaired students, or analyze a spinning ball or a falling chain. Whether analyzing the motion of a water drop or discovering planets around distant suns, the universe and its particles become understandable with the application of the laws of physics. Learn how the world is both smaller and larger than one can imagine.


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What can you do with a Physics degree?

Imagine yourself a physicist, an engineer, a science writer, an astronomer, a teacher, and more.