Physics Major

Study the properties of matter and energy.

Physics is an exciting major to pursue. Many technological advances come from physics labs. Study phyisics to prepare for any career.

Why study physics at the College of Charleston?

The small class sizes allow you to connect with your instructors. You'll have opportunities to conduct your own hands-on research. Focus on energy production, biomedical physics, computational neuroscience and meteorology. You'll be prepared for a career in physics or in a related field like engineering, medicine, geophysics or business.

What will I learn?

You'll learn how to analyze complex problems. You'll gain a quantitative background that applies to almost any field. You'll strengthen your skills in problem solving, mathematical modeling, design, research and more.

Program Highlights

We offer both a B.S. and a B.A. in physics. This allows you to truly individualize your course of study. You'll learn to find inspiration everywhere. You may study nano-rods, binary stars, coastal sea breezes, neuron simulation and more. You'll become an innovative thinker.
  • Research

    You will learn from a mix of traditional classes, laboratory work and hands-on experiences. Significant hands-on research opportunities are available, just ask around! Your professors often need research assistance on topics like: 
    • the ultrafast electron, phonon and spin dynamics. 
    • spectroscopic, acoustic and microscopic characterization of photonic materials, nanomaterials and aerogels. 
    • the theory and experiment of fluids near the critical point. 
    • computational physics/neuroscience. 
    • biophysics. 
    • and so many more!

  • Experiential Learning

    You will have the opportunity to complete an internship, independent study, senior research project or bachleor's essay. 

    The bachelor's essay is a two-semester course that involves intensive research and writing. You will work closely with a faculty member to help you design the project. 

Careers & Outcomes

You'll be prepared for success in a career or for graduate school. You can join a range of fields including engineering, medicine, geophysics, business and more. With a bachelors degree, you may find employment:
  • with various engineering positions.
  • in technical sales.
  • as a technical field representative.
  • in education.
  • as a technical writer.
  • in medical equipment maintenance.
  • in computer programming.
  • with technical support positions. 

About the Minor

A minor in physics is perfect for a student interested in the sciences. It is also a good complement to math and engineering majors.