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About the Program

Physics students explore basic science and technology essential for many occupations in modern technological society. W&M supports cutting-edge research focused on solving many of the fundamental and practical problems the world faces while providing the best possible training for future scientists, engineers, educators and world citizens.

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Many physics majors go on to pursue advanced degrees in physics or related sciences. A physics education also provides a general scientific foundation for subsequent specialization in many other career paths including engineering, law, biology, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, finance, technical sales, industrial management, education and oceanography.

Alumni Spotlight

Derek Dietz '22 worked as a plasma analyst at the DC Pulsed Ion Implantation facility during his time at William & Mary. This research experience provided him with the skills to excel as a team leader during an internship with the NASA Langley Research Center where he worked to develop wildfire mitigation technologies. He is now a radio frequency engineer at Mission Technologies.

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.