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Physics majors get active with abstract concepts. You’ll team with other scientists and engineers to address actual problems. You’ll create solutions for real problems in the world—and you’ll engage with the cultural and social contexts for the issues you’re tackling. You’ll study directly with faculty members instead of graduate assistants. And by graduation, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to adapt to graduate programs and diverse career fields in our complex and evolving world.



  • Research or design project - The research interests among our faculty include optics, nonlinear physical systems, physics of sound and music, nuclear physics, astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, fluid dynamics, materials and surface science, laser spectroscopy, and environmental science.
  • Employment and internships - During your time in the Physics program, we will assist you in obtaining paid summer employment or internships with relevant employers and laboratories, because we agree on the importance of real-world experience as part of your FLC studies.
  • Colorado Space Grant Consortium – We have special funding available for you to research through the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and the COAMP program.
  • Publication and presentations – Many of our students publish their research in scientific journals or present it at scientific conferences.
  • Village Aid Project – This program gives you the opportunity to work on engineering-related projects in the developing world that emphasize appropriate technology and sustainability. You’ll study, organize, design, and assist in the construction of water and sanitation systems, and other types of projects that improve the quality of life in poor communities around the world.
  • Faculty - Every course you take through the Physics program will be taught by a faculty member with a Ph.D. and, frequently, years of teaching and industrial experience. One-on-one and small group attention is the norm in our program.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for graduate programs in:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Chemical physics
  • Engineering

Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Aerospace
  • Alternate energy technologies
  • Communications technology
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Environmental physics
  • Health and radiation physics
  • Materials science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Medical physics
  • Microelectronics
  • Optical communications and computing
  • Secondary education
  • Solar energy/photovoltaic technology

This program also prepares you for success in any field by developing not just your math and science aptitude, but also your communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving skills. It also prepares you to tackle a range of projects from design to completion.



Our Physics & Engineering graduates are working with these organizations:

  • Ball Aerospace
  • Goff Engineering
  • Harris Engineering
  • IBM Research Labs
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • MKS Instruments
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Rainbow Research Optics
  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Russell Planning & Engineering
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy

Our Physics & Engineering graduates have attended these graduate schools:

  • Colorado State University
  • Montana State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Kansas
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Texas


“I don’t like the idea of having class with 300 different people. I’d much rather have one-on-one time with professors. The professors in the Physics & Engineering Department really want to help you learn and grow, and they spend countless hours outside of class helping you. This is a school that really cares about each student.”

- Matt Puls, Class of 2010, winner of the Taylor-Gibbons Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Physics

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