Cornerstone of the natural sciences

Explore how anything and everything works

Prism splitting white light into its constituent parts

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

FLC student working in an engineering lab

Advanced technology on-site

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.

 

Professor of Physics & Engineering, Dr. Jerry Crawford

"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."

Jumpstart light years ahead

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.

Research funding

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.

Undergraduate research
Faculty research
  • Optics and laser spectroscopy
  • Physics of sound and music
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Materials and surface science
  • Environmental science
About our faculty
Feed your passion

In addition to the foundational courses, as a Physics major, you can take courses such as:

  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electric Networks
  • Optics
  • Computational Methods
  • Principles of Electricity and Magnetism
See all the Physics courses

 

The road ahead

Physicist working with lasers in a lab

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:

  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Computer engineering
  • Health & radiation physics
  • Secondary school teaching in math or science
  • Materials science
  • Nanotechnology