Students in Introductory Physics Lab Launch a Rocket
The physics major is intended to prepare you for advanced study in physics or engineering, for teaching high school physics, for a career in industrial research and development, government research laboratories, or any career involving quantitative problem solving and analysis.
- Starting with your freshman year you will have the opportunity to participate in project-based labs and research projects to obtain a first-hand appreciation of physics beyond the textbook.
- During your four years at Simpson you will gain increasing skill in computational methods for mathematical modeling and solving complex problems in physics and engineering.
- As a Simpson student you will gain hands-on experience with a wide range of electronic and laboratory instrumentation transferrable to physics research and industry.
- You will be encouraged to work with faculty on faculty-student research projects. Research topics may include: experimental research in lasers, atomic physics, and quantum optics; or theoretical or computational research in elementary particle physics and dark matter.
- The Simpson College physics club will connect you not only to our local community of scholars, but also to a national community through our national chapters of the Society of Physics Students and the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society.
- Phys 191 General Physics I
- Phys 192 General Physics II
- Phys 230 Modern Physics
- Phys 271 Experimental Physics I (.5 course)
- Phys 370 Physics Seminar (.25 course)
- Phys 385 Capstone Completion (no credit)
- Phys 310 Thermal Physics
- Phys 320 Classical Mechanics
- Phys 340 Electromagnetic Fields
- Phys 360 Quantum Mechanics
- Physics Electives 200-level or above
- Math 151 Calculus I
- Math 152 Calculus II
- Math 251 Calculus III
- Math 345 Differential Equations
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2013 alum Austin Roy uses his professors passions to instill the same drive In others.