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Physics

Why Study Physics?

Gain experience with both experimental and theoretical physics while you are prepared to pursue a wide range of jobs and graduate programs. You’ll learn valuable critical thinking, data analysis, and technical and technology skills. Physics students go on to careers as engineers, business owners, astronomers, teachers, doctors, and computer programmers—a physicist’s skills are valued in all industries and fields.

Faculty Spotlight:
Professor McDonald

Linda McDonald, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in the history of physics, is infectiously passionate about the possibilities of the study of physics and engineering—and equally passionate about helping her students explore them.

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Research Opportunities

Hands-on research is an integral aspect of a physics education. Students conduct research and experiments alongside faculty in the classroom and course labs, or as independent projects. North Park physics students have also spent summers participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Faculty will help you find a program that’s right for you at places like NASA, the Mayo Clinic, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Scripps Oceanographic Institute, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Physics’ New Home

The Physics and Engineering Department has moved into the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped with 30 state-of-the-art labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. Built to meet LEED-certification standards for environmental responsibility in construction and operation, and to promote creative, collaborative thinking, the Johnson Center is the hub of scientific life at North Park and a stunning addition to the campus community.

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Alumni Profile:
Equipped to Lead

“My experience as a physics major was extremely important in preparing me for what I do now,” says Tait Swenson C’00, who works as a data scientist for the digital storage company Seagate Technology. “The well-rounded education provided by North Park equipped me to become a successful leader in the workplace.”

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Where Alumni Work and Study

  • Seagate Technology
  • Sucker Punch (a Sony production company)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mayo Medical School

Interesting Classes

Choose from unique courses like Climate Dynamics, where you’ll study large-scale climate variability, ranging from days to millennia, or Quantum Mechanics, emphasizing both mathematical formalism and philosophical implications, as well as alternatives to the theory.

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Undergraduate Research

North Park physics students have spent summers participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Faculty will help you find a program that’s right for you at places like NASA, the Mayo Clinic, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Scripps Oceanographic Institute, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.