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Major and Minor

What will I learn?

During your experience at Simpson, you will learn the laws of physics to solve complex scientific problems, gain hands-on experience with a wide range of laboratory experiments and become an effective communicator of scientific information.

This is a calculus-based class that covers the fundamental concepts of physics, including mechanics, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics with a special emphasis on Einstein's special theory of relativity.

What can I do with my degree?

A variety of in-demand careers are waiting for graduates with a quality Simpson degree. Some of our recent graduates who have chosen to go into the workforce have landed at 3M Company, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, John Deer, Shazam, Ames Research Laboratory and in high schools as physics teachers.

You can also continue to graduate school to pursue your advanced degree in physics or engineering.

There is a lot more to experience

Take a look at the opportunities that exist for you as a student in the Department of Physics. We would love to welcome you to visit campus where one of our faculty members would be eager to answer your questions.


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