Physics

Ripon College offers a major and minor in physics. Students studying physics interact with, measure and explain systems in the universe from subatomic particles to galactic clusters. They learn to apply principles of physics to concerns of society.

In the classroom and the laboratory, physics students and teachers work together to answer questions posed by nature. We come to understand just how matter and energy behave and we come to appreciate the beauty and subtlety of the universe. The more we work on problems, the more coherent our understanding becomes and, paradoxically perhaps, the more “interesting” problems we discover to solve.

The skills students develop – mathematical ability, experimental techniques, expertise in communication – are valuable in every area, not just in physics. Physics students adapt easily to many situations on campus and off where there are problems to be solved. They are valuable assets to any team working toward local or global solutions. Our graduates pursue everything from industrial research and teaching to technical writing and aeronautical engineering.