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You want to build spaceships and explore the universe. You want to develop new imaging devices, energy sources or technologies, or you want to share your passion for physics as a teacher. With exciting travel opportunities, focused lab work and a tailored FlightPath, Hartwick is the place for you.

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Your degree in Physics opens up a variety of career opportunities. Become an engineer and develop new technology, from cars and home appliances to efficient energy sources and robotics. See yourself in a physics lab, or developing new pharmaceuticals or medical technology.

Add an Education Certification to teach at the high school level, or a Planetary Science minor to continue developing your understanding of the universe. Or continue on with your own education at the master’s and doctoral level.


Physics isn’t just calculations on paper. Test out your knowledge when you shoot off air-powered rockets on Frisbee Field, or figure out how fast Hot Wheels cars need to go to complete a loop-the-loop track.

Explore the stars above with our on-campus observatory, peer into deep space with the Green Bank Telescope, the largest radio telescope in the world or do your internship in a laser lab in Germany to work in a laser lab! Your Career Coach will guide you towards real-world work experiences where you can test-drive your skills, and your Alumni Mentor will give you insider advice on what it means to pursue a career in physics.


Hands-on research experience is built into the core of your Physics degree. You’ll have opportunities to join your Faculty Mentor in their research, present at conferences and contribute to professional studies.

In your senior year, you’ll focus your passion into a research project, like building a ruby crystal laser or studying dark matter astrophysics. It all goes on your digital resume, proof to employers that you’re ready for their workplace.



Like Paul Morrow ’18, a Raw Materials Analyst Eurofins PSS Insourcing Solutions. He paired his Physics major with a Math major, and added a minor in Planetary Sciences to give him a broad range of career options.


Like Yury Chernyak ’20, who recently completed his master’s degree in physics at SUNY Albany. He spent the summer of 2018 assisting Professor John Dudek, Ph.D. in Germany with his research into the study of selenium compounds using spectroscopy.


Like Justine Kozubal ’17, a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is working on her master’s degree. A scholar-athlete, she received an Emerson Scholarship and assisted Professor Dudek in his research on detecting carbon sulfur molecules in space. Her findings were part of the cover story of the September 15 issue of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.


Kevin Schultz

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics

Larry Nienart

Professor of Physics

Parker Troischt

Professor of Physics, Astronomy & Planetary Sciences Program Director