About The Program

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 within the context of a strong liberal arts education. 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 LVC physics graduates have completed graduate work at Penn State University, Georgia Tech, Lehigh University, and the University of Virginia, and a 2016 graduate was named a Fulbright Scholar and is studying in Austria.

Why LVC?

  • By studying physics at LVC, majors will explore and learn the fundamental laws of nature: motion, force, energy, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, atomic and nuclear structure, and the properties of matter.
  • Physics majors receive a hands-on education by working closely with their professors in the laboratory as paid research assistants. Research is a central aspect of the physics major and is supported by departmental funds and external grants.
  • Students in the Physics Program can participate in independent study projects or participate in summer research with professors.
  • Flexible degree requirements make it possible for LVC physics majors to enhance their educations—and career opportunities—by studying abroad or pursuing 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.
  • LVC is committed to intensive training in physics within the context of a strong liberal arts education. Many physics students continue their professional training in physics or engineering graduate programs.

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