You might be a little surprised by the sheer range of career options a physics degree opens up for you! Sure, when you study physics you learn a lot about how the physical world works. But you'll also gain major computer skills and master powerful mathematical tools, get hands on experience with sophisticated electronics, and build working laboratory skills.
The knowledge and skills you will gain are powerful and useful, but that's not even the heart of it. At the core of an education in physics are the analytical skills you will learn and master – the ability to tackle complex problems, break them down, analyze the pieces, and synthesize a solution. In short, physicists are master problem solvers. That's a suite of skills that will lead to success in almost any career, and ones recognized and highly valued by employers of all kinds.
Do you want to be the next Brian Greene, Neal deGrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking? Sure, you can do that, and we can help prepare you. Many of our students go on to prestigious graduate programs in physics. But there's so much more you can do! You can be an engineer, a teacher, or a financial analyst. You can go into medical physics, green energy, or big data. We have graduates working in materials research, technical sales, teaching nuclear engineering, installing airport radar systems, software, finance – the list goes on. And it doesn't hurt that students graduating with physics bachelor's degrees are among the best paid of all college graduates.
For more, check out our career fact sheet and poster.
Physics Courses and Requirements
Detailed program guides for all physics degree tracks can be found here.
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Physics major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
Learning Goals for Physics
The Physics program is designed around achievement of five learning goals for its graduates:
- Conversance with fundamental bodies of physical knowledge
- Development of analytical and mathematical skills
- Development of fundamental laboratory skills
- Cultivation of scientific communication skills and ethical scientific conduct
- Development of research skills
Get Involved on Campus
The Physics Club
The Physics Club provides students avenues to gain exposure to physics alongside students with similar interests. The Club co-sponsors an annual trip with the Engineering Club every Spring, visiting such places as the Johnson Space Center in Texas, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and even the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The club volunteers to help nearby STEM programs, such as the MOST Museum's K-12 Bridge Building Competition each November.
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The Engineering Club
The Engineering Club is designed to bring students together who have an interest in the Engineering field. We strive to promote interest in Engineering, build student relationships, and make Le Moyne’s growing Engineering program more visible to the outside world. As a club we take part in multiple service events, tours of local engineering companies, and co-sponsor with the Physics Club a club trip each year to major science and engineering-related attractions.
The Maker Zone
The Le Moyne Maker Zone is a student run STEAM community that focuses on emerging tech, leadership, and entrepreneurship geared towards creating more well-rounded and experienced graduates. They work together to learn, go on trips, and make cool stuff!
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