Cornerstone of the natural sciences
Explore how anything and everything works
Join colleagues and professors in the Physics & Engineering Department who are just as passionate as you are about analyzing and understanding the basic principles and relationships governing everything that exists. Through hands-on experience and individualized instruction in theoretical and experimental physics, FLC Physics majors receive a strong grounding in mathematics balanced by a broader education in the humanities and social sciences.
In the lab
Start using the equipment you’ll use in your career before you even earn your bachelor’s degree. Sitter Family Hall, completed in 2017, includes state-of-the-art laboratories, electronics equipment, astronomical and optical technologies, specialized research and testing facilities, smart classrooms, and collaborative workspaces.
"The discoveries of physics are the basis of all the amazing technologies that surround us, and their applications continue to help us solve many of the complex problems we face in our modern world."
Every physics major completes a senior research or design project, and many choose to complete a summer research project. These are opportunities to merge your interests with faculty expertise and guidance to create your own original project. Our students have published papers in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society and the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics.
Given our focus on experiential learning, you’ll find FLC very supportive of you taking on your own original research. Your research could be supported with funding from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and the CO-AMP, MARC U*STAR, or other programs to support undergraduate research at FLC.
In addition to the foundational courses, as a Physics major, you can take courses such as:
The road ahead
A degree in Physics from FLC sets you apart with truly unparalleled research and experiential opportunities that students at larger universities typically don’t get until they’re in graduate programs. Small classes mean that you get direct guidance and attention from faculty. Using advanced technologies on campus sets you up to get to work faster in your graduate studies or employment after you graduate.
FLC Physics grads often move into careers in: