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Chemistry & Physics

Physics

Dr. Duane Pontius, Physics prof.

Whether you’re studying subatomic particles or superclusters of galaxies, physics provides the foundation for the natural sciences. At BSC, we actively engage the physical world as we pursue insights about how it works. The tools you’ll develop studying an electrical circuit or understanding the links between space and time can be applied to the human nervous system or the aurora borealis. Along with graduate studies in physics, many of our majors go on to careers in medicine and dentistry, engineering, or education.

Studying physics at BSC starts with an introductory two-course sequence that introduces students to some of the major concepts and classical topics in physics while teaching them powerful and flexible analytical tools and ways to frame problems that you can use in many fields. But studying physics at BSC goes well beyond the basics:

  • Through intense collaboration with professors and classmates, you’ll learn powerful techniques to solve complex problems, think critically, write coherently, and explain your ideas to others. And your professors will be some of the very best, including a CASE/Carnegie professor of the year.

  • Use our unique January Exploration Term to dig deep into your interests, whether it’s through independent research or taking a class that focuses just on Einstein’s theory of relativity or microelectronics. Or branch out instead: Explore a subject you’ve never thought about or travel abroad without getting off-track. You can even spend three weeks sailing a tall ship through the Caribbean under the guidance of a physics professor, learning celestial navigation and so much more.

  • During our senior capstone, you’ll conduct an in-depth research project and present your results during an on-campus conference. Recent students have analyzed spectroscopic observations of Jupiter and designed computational simulations of ionized gases flowing around one of Saturn's moons.

  • You’ll study in the state-of-the-art Elton B. Stephens Science Center and get access to equipment that undergraduates at most schools never see. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in research at major laboratories around the world.

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