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Physics
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Physics

The perceived laws of physics education state that only large universities can provide the comprehensive curriculum required for success in this discipline. Fisher’s physics program, however, handily disproves the theory that bigger is better.

The physics program combines the best aspects of a major university with those of a liberal arts college such as Fisher. As you might expect, class sizes are small, yet the level of academic discourse and opportunities for research are anything but.

As a physics major, you will receive the personal attention of world-class professors who are as active in research as any of their peers at major universities. Collaboration between faculty and students is fairly common within the program. You could find yourself conducting and publishing research with your professors, or presenting your findings at a conference.

Program Overview

Two degree options are available in the physics program:

  • Bachelor of arts – Requires completion of physics core requirements, plus an additional 12 hours of physics electives.
  • Bachelor of science – Requires completion of the physics core requirements, plus 24 additional credit hours from a mix of required courses and electives in one of two degree option paths.

In addition, you are allowed free access to laboratories on campus as a physics major. It is a common practice for upper-level students to have keys to laboratories, where they can work on their experiments after hours.

Life After Fisher

The physics program is designed to prepare you for a variety of career fields, including:

  • Industrial or government positions
  • Science education
  • Law
  • Environmental work
  • Science journalism
  • Business management
  • Systems analysis

The physics program also prepares you for graduate and professional schools. Graduate study in physics or astronomy are possible, as is enrollment in medical, dental, optometry, or pharmacy school.

The program is an excellent jumping-off point for those interested in pursuing graduate work in engineering as well. Fisher offers a 3+2 pre-engineering program in cooperation with the schools of engineering at Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Rochester.

My experience at Fisher prepared me very well for the working world. The quality and practicality of a Fisher education is of such great value to me. I am immensely grateful to the physics department for giving me a high quality education on a very personal level, and for helping me become the person I am today. ”


Samantha Bonelli
  • Samantha Bonelli ’14
  • Physical Science Category Specialist, VWR International