Academic Spotlight: Physics

PUC’s department of physics allows students studying physics and engineering to conduct cutting-edge hands-on research, working closely with caring professions to develop a deeper understanding of the physical universe.

Programs offered:

  • B.S. in Biophysics
  • B.S. in Physics
  • Minor in Physics

A Student’s Perspective

“I came from a state school where their department of physics was huge and overwhelming. I rarely got one-on-one attention from my professors and my chances of doing research were very small. I came to PUC and suddenly all of these opportunities opened up for me. I got a job at the Young Observatory and could research and travel, even as a student. I am so ridiculously grateful for PUC!” – Ellie Vargas, physics graduate

Fast Facts

  1. Physics professor Dr. Andrianarijaona has received two National Science Foundation grants, allowing the department to collaborate on experiments with prestigious national laboratories including Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge, giving PUC’s undergrad students exclusive access to experiments and scientists across the country.
  2. The department of physics has a computer-operated telescope for students to use and has a computer-based physics laboratory. The department also has a state-of-the-art 3-D imaging device students have access to for conducting research.
  3. Physics students are offered a variety of employment opportunities within the department to enhance their resumes and experience, including tutors, readers, and lab assistants. This provides great experience as well as solidifying the knowledge gained in coursework.
  4. Job prospects for students who study physics look good! Employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What You Can Do With This Major

There are many different career opportunities for graduates with a degree in physics.

  • Medicine
  • Environmental science
  • Teaching
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Research
  • Aircraft/Automotive industries
  • Aeronautic engineer/astronomer
  • Military
  • Data analyst
  • Software developer

Learn more about the department of physics at Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s physics programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

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