Physics and astronomy faculty use dynamic, interactive methods of teaching to challenge students, ensuring that they develop strong problem-solving skills that are useful in a wide range of careers. Practical work in the laboratory reinforces theoretical classroom work; students participate in both formal and informal research projects, taking advantage of our well-equipped labs and machine shops.
Physics majors are drawn together into a community of scientists that allows its students to pursue individual interests. Facilities are designed with students in mind, with ample research lab space, student offices, and computational resources. Current research interests of Beloit physics faculty encompass a wide variety of fields, including computational physics, pattern formation, quantum chaos, nuclear physics, laser spectroscopy, extragalactic astrophysics, and local and international science education.
Students of physics develop strong problem-solving skills and acquire a firm grasp of the methods and tools that scientists use to understand our universe. Beloit physics majors go on to be successful in a wide variety of fields, including education, engineering, programming, and writing, as well as pure and applied physics research.
The physics major and minor are designed to be flexible, to meet the needs of individual students. Beloit College is also affiliated with a number of engineering schools through a dual-degree (3/2 or 4/2) engineering program.
Outside of the classroom, physics students at Beloit engage in formal and informal research with physics faculty on a daily basis. Students are actively involved in the ongoing research facilities within the department. The small student-to-faculty ratio within the department makes it possible for individual students to work closely with faculty. Faculty research includes a wide variety of fields, including quantum chaos, laser spectroscopy, extragalactic astrophysics, and science education.