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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.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions

(315) 792-3006

General Information


  • Major


  • B.A.
  • B.S.


  • Utica Campus
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Career Opportunities

UC's physics major provides foundational preparation for career opportunities in:
    • Research and Development
    • Engineering
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Teaching
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Investing in the Future

Over the last decade, Utica College has added more than $250,000 in new instrumentation to the Physics program with substantial help from the National Science Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
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Two Degree Options

The B.A. in physics is intended for students who plan to teach or wish to have a good scientific background for use in technology-related careers. The B.S. in physics is designed for students seeking to practice applied physics or research engineering.

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.
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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
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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.


Student Voices: Matty Campos

Physics major Matty Campos talks about what brought him from Hawaii, through the services, and to Utica College thanks to the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

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