Physics at Messiah College
As a physics major at Messiah College, you’ll thrive in an environment known for its intellectually challenging atmosphere.
With a strong theoretical and applied core of courses offered in our program, you’ll be ready for a career in industry, education, government, or for graduate school where you’ll be well prepared to specialize in a variety of fields.
During the summer you even may be able to participate in summer research funded by the National Science Foundation. Our Bachelor of Arts in physics provides you with a rigorous, multi-faceted educational experience combined with a solid introduction into computer science and statistics — all in a Christian context.
Physics major distinctives
As a physics major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Choose from a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
- Take challenging courses such as Classical and Analytical Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism; and Quantum Mechanics.
- Secure an internship in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital.
- Participate in cosmic ray detection research with the support of NASA and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
- Study with professors whose scholarly interests include cosmic ray detection and thin film physics.
- Work alongside other students in projects related to communications technology, assistance for disabled persons, sustainable energy, transportation technologies, and water resources.
- Choose a second major in mathematics, engineering, and/or computer science.
- Present your work professionally, on campus at our annual SEH Symposium, or regionally and/or nationally at professional meetings attended by students and faculty.
- Potentially attend graduate school fully funded if you are a strong college graduate in the sciences.
- Earn a minor in statistics, a strong add-on to a physics major and a distinctive program that is unique among Christian colleges & universities.
Career options for physics majors
As a graduate of the physics program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- Secondary education
- Higher education
- Graduate studies
Internship, research and teaching opportunities for physics majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of physics internships. A few examples include:
- A variety of internship opportunities are available in the Harrisburg region.
- Faculty and student research in cosmic ray detection with the support of NASA and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab
- All majors completing the physics teaching certification complete sophomore and junior field experience semester in their second and third year, as well as a full-time professional semester (student-teaching) in their fourth year.
Learn more about the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The National Science Foundation offers well-funded summer research experiences for students, and Messiah College information and mathematical science students are regularly selected for these nationally competitive programs.
- Department professors lead students on cross-cultural trips to places such as West Africa, Greece/Albania and Sweden.
- Strong students present their work professionally at our annual Spring Research Symposium
- Qualified students have competed in the International Collegiate Programming Contest where leading computing firms often recruit top students.
- 90 percent of department faculty hold Ph.D. degrees.
- Faculty regularly participates in national professional organizations and serves as readers/graders for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in calculus, computer science, statistics, and physics.