Why Study Physics at New College?
Our Physics AOC is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the central areas of physics, giving you the flexibility to pursue individual interests in depth. We offer courses and tutorials in theoretical, experimental and computational physics for majors and non-majors. Students participating in the Physics program become familiar with the facts and processes of physics and learn to think logically. Those whose interests expand beyond the introductory level will find small classes, intensive work and challenging projects. They will also find state-of-the-art equipment for doing research in the laboratory, including an atomic force microscope, a micro-Raman spectrometer, an X-ray diffractometer, an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, micro-spectrophotometer and a differential scanning calorimeter. Joint or double Areas of Concentration with other disciplines are possible. For example, combinations of Physics with Mathematics or Chemistry are common. Some of our graduates go on to work for industry or government but most continue their education in graduate school.
At New College all students do a senior thesis, and Physics students frequently satisfy this capstone requirement by becoming involved in some area of a faculty member's research. Recent research projects have included work on metal nanoparticles in thin films, Raman micro-spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes, quantum chemistry, symmetry breaking in quantum field theory, computer analysis of pendulum data, the theory of black hole confinement, computer simulation of electromagnetic wave propagation and the Pioneer anomaly. Faculty research laboratories and computer equipment are available to students engaged in research of all kinds.
Graduates of New College have continued their education in fields as varied as physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine and education, and many have received full scholarships to some of the country's top graduate programs. For those who choose to join the workforce, a bachelor's degree in physics is immediately useful in the job market as well, with many of our alums finding work in engineering, computer science and information technology.
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