Physics Major - Experiential Opportunities

Physics is the scientific discipline that explores and explains how the universe works. It has served as the basis for countless other disciplines, from biology and chemistry to more recent fields such as bio-medicine and nanotechnology. Indeed, today’s physicists are responsible for tomorrow’s innovations. The analytical skills and problem-solving abilities the field fosters can be applied to countless careers.

Interactive and interdisciplinary

At University of the Sciences we get you out of the classroom and into the laboratory, where you roll up your sleeves and work on the latest instruments right alongside faculty members who guide you every step of the way. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of physics, you have the chance to collaborate closely with students and faculty from other departments and programs, including pharmaceutical sciences, cell biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics and other leading-edge scientific fields. The result is a rich, hands-on experience that immerses you in the varied demands of technological careers.

Tracks that reflect the times

Biophysics and materials sciences are among the emerging subdisciplines of physics. These fields are producing some of the most exciting advances in research today. At University of the Sciences, you can customize your curriculum along biophysics, medical physics, pre-med, astrophysics, and materials science tracks, allowing you to specialize in growing areas where opportunities are plentiful.

An active department

The Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics and the physics program are proud to present numerous co-curricular opportunities to supplement your classroom and laboratory instruction.

An Award-Winning Society of Physics Students Chapter

The USciences chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a vibrant organization of physics majors that has received national recognition from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) for its various educational outreach activities that promote physics in high schools and at the Philadelphia Science Carnival. In 2015-16, SPS has received the AIP's Blake Lilly Prize, Marsh White and Future Faces of Physics Awards for outreach, and USciences's Martin Luther King award for community service. SPS also hosts Astronomy Night and other on-campus events that promote physics and support physics majors.

Faculty Research

Physics faculty in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics supplement their hands-on classroom instruction with advanced research in many of the field’s most prominent areas, including materials science and nanotechnology. They also collaborate with faculty members at other regional and national universities. Often students assist them in these efforts.

Technology in Action

Physicists do their work using the most sophisticated of instruments, and your physics education at University of the Sciences will put you in the laboratory to learn how to use these devices.

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals. Graduates of the physics program will achieve these learning outcomes.

Initiative promoting Women in Science: Physics Wonder Girls

The Department hosts the "Physics Wonder Girls Camp" for area middle school girls. Funded initially by the National Science Foundation, twelve of the smartest middle school girls in the Greater Philadelphia area are pre-selected from a pool of top science students nominated by Philadelphia science teachers. This small cohort experiences three days of project-building, physics experiments, hands-on demonstrations, career talks and presentations by female scientists from the private sector and academia, and a capstone Physics Girls Show where the girls perform demonstrations to their families, teachers and friends. The camp crew consisted of mostly female USciences physics majors. Physics Wonder Girls attracted the attention of Philly’s ABC Network News Channel 6 which aired a two-minute segment on its primetime 6 o'clock news, with a potential viewership of 6 million people.

Science Majors Communicating their Science at International and National Conferences

Physics majors are trained to effectively communicate the results of their scientific research. They present present posters and contributed talks at national and international physics conferences.


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