Some lessons in physics are learned quite easily: burning your hand on a stove, spitting into the wind or licking an ice-cold telephone pole. Others require further education to understand, and that’s where Goshen College’s physics program comes in. Our experienced and knowledgeable professors will take your natural curiosity to new heights as you dive into the complex nature of how the world works.
Though your coursework will be rigorous and challenging, we haven’t forgotten that science can be fun. Our undergraduate students work with exciting equipment normally reserved for graduate students: specialty x-ray, optics, holography and biophysics instruments, as well as optical, acoustic and physical laboratories. You might find yourself designing a self-driving car for the college’s bi-annual Electronics Show, or creating a tuning graph for marimba bars during the Maple Scholars summer research program.
These hands-on experiences will give you an edge if you apply for graduate school or if you complete your bachelor’s degree at an engineering school through our engineering physics major. In fact, over 70 percent of GC physics alumni have gone on to postgraduate studies in recent years. By the time you leave Goshen, you will have the skills needed to succeed in both graduate school and the professional world.
Lee Miller is leading cutting-edge research to restore lost limb movement. He uses surgically implanted electronics and signal processing systems to help people regain mobility after spinal cord injuries or amputations.
Brian Sutter is a 2016 physics and informatics graduate. Despite facing pressure to attend an Ivy League school, Brian knew Goshen was the place where he wanted to be. So far, it has exceeded all of his expectations.
Michelle Espino, a 2014 grad who majored in physics and mathematics, is an avid Colts fan and loves listening to The Beatles. At Goshen, Michelle balanced classes, track practices and mentoring at a local high school.