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Between the innermost workings of the nucleus and the outer edges of the visible universe lies the playground of physics. Combining imagination with systematic reasoning, the physics major seeks to understand the laws of nature, the structure of matter and the behavior of physical processes — the keys to many of the universe's secrets.

Make a name for yourself.

As a physics major you can work directly with physics faculty as they push the frontiers of physics knowledge. You will get to know physics so deeply that you may find yourself building your own telescope, teaching fruit to fly, getting published or speaking at the podium of a physics conference and sharing your discoveries with physicists — as an undergraduate.

Want to know how far a melon can fly?

Marquette's award-winning Chapter of the Society of Physics Students received a grant to design, build and use a trebuchet, a medieval catapult. (They learned a ripe melon could fly — with considerable velocity and grace — at least four city blocks. Just don't tell anyone we told you … or how we know.)

What can I do with physics?

For starters, Marquette's physics program allows you to tailor your program to suit your interest in physics by choosing a special focus — traditional physics, pre-med physics with a clinical focus, pre-med physics with a research focus, teaching, mathematical physics, astrophysics, computational physics or astronomy.

The physics of finance.

Major Wall Street brokerage houses employ physicists to build and analyze models for stock trading, with particular emphasis on capitalizing on small price fluctuations.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus I: Mechanics and Waves
  • Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus II: Heat, Electromagnetism and Optics
  • Calculus I
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Calculus II



  • Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles and Quanta
  • Modern Physics: The States of Matter
  • Electronics Lab
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Literature Elective
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations


  • Classical Mechanics
  • Contemporary Physics Lab I
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism I & II
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Social-behavioral Science Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Electives


  • Complex Variables
  • Contemporary Physics Lab II
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Modern Optics
  • Theology Elective
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Elective


You might like the Physics major if you

✓ Are curious about natural phenomena

✓ Like to do experiments

✓ Like to understand at a fundamental level why and how things happen

✓ Like mathematics, computation and modeling

✓ Have a logical and imaginative mind

✓ Like to challenge your ideas

What can you do with a major in Physics?

Physics majorThe physics major is excellent preparation for graduate, medical, dental and law schools; industrial or government research and development; and teaching.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in physics.

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