Physics Majors and Programs
The Physics Department at Houghton offers a rigorous curriculum of course work coupled with an emphasis on "real-world" research experience. Each student has the opportunity to work on and present a significant research project as part of their education.
We offer several bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees, a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree or a minor in physics.
- Physics (B.S.)
This degree program emphasizes the traditional theoretical, experimental and mathematical basis of physics. It serves as an excellent preparation for graduate work in physics or closely related fields, such as astrophysics, biophysics, physical oceanography, geophysics and meteorology.
- Applied Physics (B.S.) - Engineering Emphasis
This major is for those students interested in the engineering applications of physics, and is preparation for an engineering-related career or graduate school in engineering or physics.
- Physics (B.A.)
This major is designed for students planning to pursue professional studies such as law or medicine, students interested in teaching physics at the secondary level, or students who choose physics as a second major.
- Other Programs
Houghton also offers a minor in physics, as well as a concentration in physics as part of the major in general science. A dual-degree engineering program is also available.
Engineering at Houghton
The Applied Physics - Engineering Emphasis (B.S.) major is designed to give a broad background in general engineering principles and skills. This major allows the student to explore the diverse fields of engineering while maximizing the number of possible future career options, something which is difficult to do with a more specialized degree. Students are prepared for engineering-related careers right out of college, yet they maintain the option to earn an engineering or physics master's degree in as little as two years.
Those seeking a specialized degree, and especially those interested in civil engineering, should consider the Dual-Degree Engineering Program. This program requires three years at Houghton and two years at a partner school. At the conclusion of five years of study, a student making normal progress will have completed all requirements to receive degrees both from Houghton College and from the partner university. The Houghton College degree would be in an appropriate field of study, typically Physics, General Science, Chemistry or Biology, and the degree from the partner school would be in the student's chosen engineering field.
Houghton College currently maintains a formal Dual-Degree Program arrangement with Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. This university offers outstanding engineering programs. Usually a similar program can also be arranged at other universities on an individual basis, but it is not possible to guarantee such an arrangement.