Research-Proven Teaching Methods
- Hands-on science in active classrooms
- First-year sequence uses innovative Workshop Physics curriculum
- Lab experience integral to each upper-level course
- Senior year capstone research project
- Devoted to learning and implementing proven teaching methods
- Our doors are always open
- Students come first
- Collaborate with students on research
- Strong track record of obtaining external grant funding
- Frequent group projects and study sessions
- Active physics club and honors society
- 20 majors graduated in the past five years
- 30% of our physics students are women and 30% are from Hawai'i
- New research labs
- Physics community space
- Cutting-edge equipment
Students leave the program with an understanding of fundamental principles, qualitative and quantitative reasoning abilities, strong skills in science communication and valuable research experience. Research opportunities exist in laser physics, nonlinear fiber optics, crystal growth, physics education, nuclear physics, chaos, photonics and atomic physics.
Students graduating with a physics degree are prepared for countless careers. Our students typically graduate with private sector jobs or enroll in graduate programs to pursue physics degrees, engineering degrees, teaching degrees and many others.
Students experience projects as major project contributors, collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, presenting results at regional and national conferences and applying their knowledge to current problems as they learn to be tomorrow's scientists. Students have the opportunity to work with professors on research programs as well as conducting their own research. In addition, seniors can either pursue their own research project for their capstone, or choose to do a professional internship.
Our students in the College of Arts & Sciences complete a senior project before graduating. This gives students an opportunity to research and solve problems and helps prepare them for their next professional steps. Students present their projects on Senior Project Day. Senior Capstone Videos and Projects
Why Study Physics?