An Elmhurst education is about much more than teachers and classrooms. We know that well-rounded scholars need varied environments to stimulate their minds and put what they learn into practice. That's why the Department of Physics provides its students with a comprehensive program of study that extends well outside the classroom.
As a physics major, you’ll have the opportunity to take specially designed courses that provide you with credit for your independent study and research projects. Independent projects are designed in close collaboration with a faculty mentor to coincide with your particular interests and goals. Through this advanced, analytical work, you’ll be able to demonstrate the cumulative knowledge you will have gained in the course of your undergraduate studies.
Physics majors possess advanced knowledge and skills that are highly sought-after and valuable in the professional world. Employers hunger for such prized job and internship candidates. Many physics majors jump-start their careers before graduation by taking advantage of supervised internship opportunities. Locally, organizations and corporations such as Abbott Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Motorola offer challenging and rewarding internship experiences to Elmhurst physics majors. These internships serve as an entrée into professional life and often lead to full-time employment in desirable positions.
Elmhurst College actively participates in many physics-related organizations, such as the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics, and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honorary society. These organizations offer our students a wide range of activities; for example, physics students can participate in local and national conferences, present their scholarly work in professional journals, attend seminars, and interact with working professionals, providing valuable connections and learning experiences—long before they graduate.