LVC Physics students work together to conduct an experiment in the classroom

About Physics at LVC

Physics is the most fundamental science, combining the excitement of experimental discovery with the beauty of mathematics.

At LVC, you will explore and learn the fundamental laws of nature and the properties of matter, while gaining the critical thinking, writing, and analysis skills employers seek.

You’ll gain a hands-on education by working closely with professors in the laboratory, conducting independent study projects or participating in the student-faculty Mathematical Physics Research Group.

Our physics majors pursue careers as physicists, engineers, teachers, technical writers, and medial physicists. Recent graduates have gone on to Penn State University, Georgia Tech, Lehigh University, and the University of Virginia, and a 2016 graduate was named a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Austria.

Why Physics at LVC?

  • By studying physics at LVC, you'll explore and learn the fundamental laws of nature: motion, force, energy, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear structure, and the properties of matter.
  • Receive a hands-on education by working closely with professors in the laboratory as a paid research assistant. Research is a central aspect of the physics major and is supported by departmental funds and external grants.
  • Participate in independent study projects or summer research with professors.
  • Flexible degree requirements make it possible to study abroad and pursue professional internships.
  • LVC physics majors can earn a B.S. in physics and B.S. in engineering in just five years through the College’s 3+2 Engineering Program (in partnership with Penn State University or Case Western Reserve University).
  • Secondary education teacher certification in physics is available to students who complete the physics major and a complement of courses offered through LVC’s Education Department.

The foundation of my physics and mathematics education, and research skills, came from my classes at LVC and time with the Mathematical Physics Research Group… Without the benefits of learning at a liberal arts institution and the close interaction with my professors, I don’t believe I would have made it to this level.

Postdoctoral Fellow, RIKEN BNL Research Center, Brookhaven National Lab

Dr. Dan Pitonyak ’08