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.

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.