Uncover the “nature of things” with a Physics major or minor. Perfect for curious tinkerers, Physics explores the fundamental laws and structure of the universe, the nature of matter and energy, the forces by which objects interact, and the behavior of objects at all scales, from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire observable universe. Physics principles and problem-solving skills lay the foundation for technological innovation and the generation of new knowledge.

You’ll learn both theory and applied reasoning in fields such as:

  • Astronomy
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optics
  • Elementary particles
  • Relativity
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Atomic and nuclear physics

Laboratory training stresses the design of experiments, the techniques of precise measurement, the interpretation of data, and written and oral communication.

In advanced classes, you’ll apply your skills through independent study and research projects in collaboration with our involved faculty, who often form mentorship relationships with students.

Whatever career you pursue in the future, a background in physics will provide you with the foundational and technological skills needed to excel in the 21st century.

Gettysburg College physics majors have succeeded in diverse careers, including government, law, management, engineering, particle physics, and molecular biology. You’ll also be well prepared for graduate study in fields including astronomy; astrophysics; biophysics; business; geophysics; and environmental, electrical, nuclear, and mechanical physics and engineering.

Unique opportunity

Combine your physics studies with other scientific pursuits through the Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute.