Physics at Aquinas College

Why Study Physics

1. Want to know why? Learn Physics.

Physics asks the big questions about the nature of the physical world and paves the way for new technologies. Physics is the most fundamental the sciences, and provides the theoretical framework central to all of the physical and applied sciences.

2. Want to Know How? Physicists Solve Problems.

Learning physics is a great way to develop problem solving skills. And physics put your mathematic knowledge into use. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places.

3. Want a Job? Employers Hire Physicists, more seriously than you expect.

Students who major in physics receive broad-based training in science, develop an analytical and creative approach to problem-solving, and become adept at dealing with mathematical models.

 This training makes them adaptable to changing situations and is good preparation for a variety of challenging and interesting careers, many of which cross outside the bounds of what you might think of as “physics.”  Employers looking for flexible problem-solvers who can think analytically like to hire physicists, and bachelor’s-degree physicists can expect to earn among the highest salaries in the sciences.

Even when the job market is slow, physicists get job offers—well-paying jobs.  Employers know that a physicist brings additional skills with expertise and pay accordingly.    That's why physics graduates can expect career salaries similar to those of computer science and engineering majors.

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4. Want to be an engineer? Physicists Can Be Engineers

Almost a third of all physics bachelor's recipients who go into the private sector take engineering jobs. Aquinas College and Western Michigan University are partners in an innovative engineering program that melds a liberal arts education rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition with the resources and expertise of a major public research university. General education and prerequisite courses are taught by Aquinas faculty. Engineering courses are taught by WMU faculty. Students graduate with both an associate of arts degree from Aquinas and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from WMU. 
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5. Want to Learn Techniques? Physics Teach Them

You will learn tremendous cutting-edge techniques by taking physics lab courses or conducting physics research project. Examples are image analysis, data analysis, computer science, industrial design, and electric engineering.

6. Want some fun? Take a physics class

We have fun in physics class!

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