You’re curious about the world around you. You look at life through a scientific lens. You’re fascinated by questions about the Universe—and our place within it. Physics may be the major for you.
Brittany Vanderhoof has spent most of her UC career studying galaxy formation. With help from Professor Joseph Ribaudo, she delved into the world of spectroscopy, examining the composition of gases around galaxies to determine how galaxies evolve and grow.
Sure, the answer may be locked inside a galaxy far, far away, but that won't stop UC Physics Professor Joseph Ribaudo from revealing its secrets. Working with a team of researchers from across the country, Ribaudo participated in the discovery of circumgalactic gas attributed to star formation.
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Utica College's physics major offers a robust introduction to the science of the physical world. From the basic structure of atoms and matter to the complex interactions of galaxies, our program provides students with an opportunity to explore the fundamental nature of the physical universe. With an accomplished faculty and an individualized learning environment, the UC physics program is an excellent choice for students considering graduate school as well as careers in research, teaching, engineering, or other areas that demand a strong foundation in physical science.
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UC’s flexible program fits a broad range of professional outcomes, with options for both bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees:
Over the last decade the College has added more than $250,000 in new instrumentation to the program with substantial help from the National Science Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
UC's physics major provides foundational preparation for career opportunities in
Recent graduates of the physics program have gone on to complete advanced degrees (in physics or engineering) at a number of nationally renowned universities including Syracuse University, the University of Pittsburgh, SUNY Albany, Clarkson, and others. Graduates of the physics program have taken leadership positions at:
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"
- Albert Einstein