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Computational Physics

Combining Physics & Technology

Successful physicists possess curiosity and a desire to explore how the world works. They enjoy challenges and can think critically and analytically to solve problems. At Elizabethtown College, the Computational Physics program nurtures these qualities by providing the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty and research the foundations of modern physics while honing the most in-demand computational skills.

The program is interdisciplinary, incorporating courses in computer science, mathematics, and physics. You will gain expertise in working with complex systems to acquire, process, and analyze data, which can be applied to solving the physics problems of tomorrow. By developing a unique skill set at the intersection of multiple fields, you'll be equipped to excel in a variety of professional contexts.

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What can I do with a degree in Computational Physics?

As modern technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, employment in computer-based occupations is also growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 12.5% increase in these industries by 2024, resulting in nearly half a million new jobs and with starting salaries around $60,000 and upward.

Studying Computational Physics will give you the skills needed to thrive in these positions. You will graduate with competency in data processing and analysis, coding and modeling, along with experience using integrated mathematical computing software such as Matlab and programming languages Java and Python.

Many of our students have entered the workforce immediately upon graduation and taken positions at companies such as NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Google and government agencies such as the NSA. Others have entered graduate school, most recently for a master's in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech.


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Bridging Science and Technology

The Computational Physics major combines subjects like physics, computer science, math, and applied engineering to prepare students with versatile skills for diverse professional fields. Hands-on research projects allow students to apply their coursework knowledge to real-world problems, while electives tailored to individual interests and career aspirations provide expertise for future success.

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Immersive Learning and Research Opportunities

You'll have access to a dynamic and immersive learning experience from day one. Our faculty will guide you through a rigorous curriculum that combines theoretical teaching with hands-on coursework, giving you a comprehensive understanding of your field. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to participate in faculty-supervised research projects. These experiences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in today's fast-paced and ever-changing global marketplace.

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A Flexible Program with Diverse Course Offerings

The program provides students with the flexibility to select courses based on their interests in various fields, including data science, statistics, business, arts, and humanities. The curriculum includes an array of courses in diverse areas such as Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Algorithms, Software Engineering, Applied Matrix Algebra, and Differential Equations.

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Physics Minor

The Physics minor offers fundamental knowledge of matter, energy, space, and time, which can be applied to various scientific disciplines. For instance, a biology student can use these concepts to explain biological processes, while an engineering student can use them to design new products. Similarly, a chemistry student can apply them to clarify chemical reactions, and a computer science student can use them to develop better software applications.


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