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You’ll learn how to apply the engineering design process to find the best solutions: define a problem, identify constraints and criteria for success, propose solutions, create prototypes, test them, and iterate to get there. You’ll take courses that provide you with fundamental physics knowledge, build your analytical, programming, and experimental capabilities, and allow you to work through self-designed hands-on projects. Consider pairing your degree with with a Secondary Education Certification.

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Research First

Through LVC’s Research First Program, you can explore potential research interests the summer before your first semester on campus. This immersive student-faculty research program is available to select incoming first-year students. You’ll gain practical research experience while joining the LVC community early and becoming acclimated to campus.

Major-Specific Labs

You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to labs dedicated to specific physics topics and engineering design and process, culminating in an engineering capstone project. You’ll work in newly renovated lab spaces with equipment to prototype, test, and execute your ideas.

Building on a Legacy

Our engineering physics degree was made possible by the estate of former NASA scientist and LVC alum Dr. Elizabeth Miller Bains ’64 and her husband and fellow scientist, Dr. James Bains. She helped create the software for the computer simulations used to train astronauts, including Sally Ride. The ideals and problem-solving skills she embodied are incorporated throughout the program’s curriculum.

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In Their Words

Strong, hard-working students can thrive and make great achievements here. We see excellent outcomes for them because of the rigor of our curriculum and the high-level research we conduct. We are a small college where students can excel and pursue their chosen careers successfully.
Dr. Dan Pitonyak ’08, Co-Chair of Chemistry and Physics, Assistant Professor of Physics
It’s rare to have a robust research experience for undergraduate students like at LVC and even at large research institutions where student involvement is usually limited to graduate students. These experiences can be transformational in developing young scientists.
Dr. James M. MacLaren, LVC President and award-winning physicist

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