Physics Department

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Because of students’ diverse interests, the Physics curriculum is flexible and personalized. We emphasize research and experimentation to help students identify and follow their passion within the discipline. Early in their Physics studies, majors learn to work with state-of-the-art equipment, quantify experimental uncertainties and hone their scientific writing skills.

Physics is at the core of understanding the natural sciences, and Guilford has designed a comprehensive department to prepare students for a variety of related pursuits and continued study. The major consists of several tracks, providing a broad education in the science of Physics. They include:

  • B.S. in Physics for students pursuing employment in a technical field
  • B.S. in Physics for students preparing for graduate study
  • B.S. in Physics for students preparing for graduate study in astrophysics
  • B.S. in Physics for students preparing for engineering

The experimental Physics sequence stresses laboratory techniques, cooperative research and clear, thoughtful presentation of results. Students design experiments, act as principal investigators, write journal articles and give talks as they learn how to perform self-directed research culminating in an original thesis project.

College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Physics Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; tuition, fees and financial aid information; and a message from President Jane K. Fernandes.

Majors and Minors

"Guilford taught me how to communicate my own ideas and be receptive to the differing views of others. That has proven to be an invaluable skill."

Nathan Knisely '11, PhD
Senior systems engineer at Draper; Physics and Mathematics double major
  • The bachelor of science in Physics offers a high degree of flexibility, with specific tracks continued studies leading to any number of professions, including becoming an engineer, for example.
  • The Physics minor is most useful for majors in other sciences or education who wish to increase their exposure to analytical, mathematical and computational tools.

Physics Department News and Events

Let There Be Flight

Let There Be Flight

Nathan Knisely ’11 has tackled math, physics and engineering - and he isn't finished yet.

Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

Sarah Overstreet '17 shares her love for eye-opening moments with other students - on Guilford's campus and in the community.

Life, by the Numbers

Life, by the Numbers

Anthony Jordan ’19 came to Guilford for the Physics, but he stayed for the friends and faculty.

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Thom Espinola

Thom Espinola

Glaxo Wellcome Professor of Physics

Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson

Visiting Assistant Professor for Physics

Donald Smith

Donald Smith

Associate Professor of Physics