Major in Physics
At Merrimack College, physics seeks to discover and describe the rules governing natural phenomena at all scales, from the building blocks of space-time to the large-scale structure of the universe.
The department of physics offers a wide range of courses related to this fundamental discipline, ranging from popular general-education courses, such as Introduction to Astronomy, to advanced courses, such as Electromagnetic Theory and Quantum Mechanics. Our major and minor programs are designed to serve the full spectrum of students who wish to undertake serious study in physics.
What You’ll Learn
In the physics program, you will:
- Gain a firm mathematics foundation by studying calculus, differential equations and linear algebra.
- Discover how physics breakthroughs have contributed to technological advances in a wide range of fields.
- Delve into advanced physics theories and principles by taking courses in Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetic Theory.
- Have the option of selecting the embedded controller concentration to learn how to design, build and test low-power microprocessors found in an array of devices ranging from mobile phones to automobiles.
You will have the opportunity to learn to operate Mendel Observatory and to participate in hosting open-observatory nights and other astronomy-related events.
The study of physics develops highly valued and widely applicable analytical and quantitative abilities. This foundation can be tailored — in part through appropriately chosen electives from related or complementary fields — to prepare students for a wide array of careers and postgraduate opportunities, including but not limited to:
- Direct entry into careers with a significant analytical and/or quantitative component.
- Medical school, law school and M.B.A. and other professional programs.
- Interdisciplinary graduate programs.
- Graduate study in physics (B.S. or B.A. plus further physics and math electives strongly recommended)
- Teaching high-school physics.
What You’ll Take
You may elect either the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in physics. The B.A. consists of nine physics courses and five mathematics courses, for a total of 54 credits. The B.S. requires an additional 12 credits of physics electives, for a total of 66 credits.
Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Physics and *Bachelor of Science in Physics
*Note: B.S. requires an additional 12 credits of physics electives.