About This Program
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.
Why Utica College
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.
The 3 - 2 transfer option in engineering provides the basic courses typically found in the first years of engineering programs. Students have the advantages of small classes and close contact with the faculty as they master their foundation courses in science, mathematics, and introductory engineering at Utica College, along with core courses, for a total of at least 96 hours. With this coursework completed, students transfer to an engineering school where they take junior-level engineering courses. Upon the completion of 32 hours at the transfer college (and receipt of an official transcript), students will earn a B.A. in physics from Utica College. When the students have satisfied the requirements from the engineering school, typically after another year of study there, they will earn a second degree, in engineering. In effect, one year of college work counts for the degree at two institutions, and students will have a liberal arts degree in addition to the engineering degree. This degree should be considered by those seeking a career in technical management.
Physics at Utica
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"
- Research and Development
- Laboratory Technician
Investing in the Future
Two Degree Options
What You'll Learn
UC’s flexible program fits a broad range of professional outcomes, with options for both bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees:
- Bachelor of Science degree - designed for students planning on attending graduate school and on careers in research or engineering;
- Bachelor of Arts degree - designed for students planning to work in business or government in positions requiring a background in the physical sciences, and for students planning on teaching physics or physical science in primary or secondary school.
Physics at Utica College
A Degree That Works
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:
- Air Force Research Lab
- Naval Surface Warfare Center
- James Madison University
- ConMed Corporation
- INFICON, Inc
Making Her Mark in the Research Universe
Brittany Vanderhoof loves tackling the big questions. And for a physics student who’s always been “obsessed with space,” those big questions go beyond planet Earth—and even beyond our solar system. Vanderhoof has spent most of her UC career studying galaxy formation.READ MORE