Physics Major & Minor

Where degrees in physics can take you.

Hartwick physics majors acquire not only knowledge of physics but valuable training in analytical thinking and a quantitative approach to problem solving.

Requirements for the major provide students with a broad, flexible background in the discipline that enables them to develop analytical skills necessary to pursue a career in physics or a related field.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Computer Programmers
  • Software Developers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Management Analysts
  • Materials Engineers
  • Industrial Designers
  • Technical Writers
  • High School Teachers


The demand for operations research analysts is very high and will continue to be. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 27 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 31,000 new jobs open in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

Beyond the basic.

Students are encouraged to engage in research and work on projects with faculty members during the academic year and during the summer at Hartwick and other institutions. For example, students have built a carbon dioxide laser and an electromagnetic “can crusher” in the lab and are building a ruby crystal laser. Our students have also completed competitive summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)’s at the following institutions:

  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Collider (SLAC) – studying dark matter astrophysics
  • Large Hadron Collider at CERN
  • Michigan State University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University

A closer look.

Hartwick physics students can tailor their academic programs to meet their interests and needs. They get hands-on experience in the nuclear physics laboratory, the optics laboratory, and the Ernest B. Wright observatory, and at off-campus facilities.

Putting physics to work.

Hartwick physics students graduate ready to thrive in their careers, and well-prepared for further study at some of the nation’s finest institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Corning Glass
  • Raytheon
  • Lucent Technologies and Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • The National Security Administration
  • General Electric
  • GE Global Research
  • NASA
  • GE Aviation(aeronautical engineering)
  • Lockheed Martin

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • Drexel University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • The University of Arizona
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • University of Virginia
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Neuroscience PhD Program)
  • Tufts University
  • University of Rochester
  • College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Meet the physics faculty.

Hartwick’s expert physics faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will have an impact on the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Larry Nienart
Professor of Physics
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of expertise:
electronics, radio astronomy, analog computers.
Kevin Schultz
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics & Coordinator of Individual Student Program (ISP)
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Areas of expertise:
atomic physics, ultrafast lasers, semi-classical physics quantum chaos and microcontrollers.
Parker Troischt
Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy & Planetary Sciences Program Director
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of expertise:
Extragalactic astronomy, general relativity, and cosmology, star formation, gas content, and the impact of environment on galaxies and galaxy clusters.


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