Students and LASERs!

Physics

Interested in how things work? From the smallest sub-atomic particle to galaxies, Juniata’s physics department is prepared to give you the hands on learning that will allow you to pursue graduate study, attend professional school or step into an exciting career. You can also gain the concepts necessary to teach physics in any secondary school through the physics secondary education program. Take certification courses offered by Juniata’s education department, finish up your Juniata education with one semester of student teaching. Develop physics demonstrations for outreach events.

Get Involved:

  • American Association of Physiscists in Medicine
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • The Physics Teacher
  • Society of Physics Students
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

The physics curriculum is pretty intense here. But, don’t worry; you’ll feel supported while studying physics at Juniata. The faculty will go out of their way to help you and I never have trouble finding peer help when I need it. I know that will make it much easier when I graduate and am teaching this material to high school students

-Sara Garside ’12

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Sarah Bender ’07 is pursuing her doctorate in nuclear engineering at Penn State University. She is currently supported by a nuclear forensics fellowship.

Kenny Goodfellow ’11 is currently attending graduate school at the University of Rochester.

Justin Schultz ’08 is enrolled in graduate school at the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Justin enjoyed interning under Juniata alum and Nobel Laureate Dr. Bill Phillips at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Mike Wilson ’09 is currently enrolled in Penn State University’s graduate program in acoustics. A Research Experience for Undergraduates interested him in acoustics.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Tucker Dietrich ’07 is currently working as a Material Control Analyst for AAI, a subsidiary for Textron, Inc.

William D. Houser ’10 is pursuing a career as an Air Force Officer working in intelligence.

You can read about more outstanding Physics graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Physics?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • computer systems engineer
  • industrial hygienist
  • meteorologist
  • process engineer
  • technical writer
  • test engineer

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • aerodynamist
  • astronomer
  • astrophysicist
  • mathematician
  • physicist
  • physicist researcher

Possible Employers:

  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • churches
  • hospitals
  • lobbyist/activist groups
  • non-profit organizations
  • private schools
  • political parties
  • religious associations
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • airplane pilot
  • biophysicist
  • educator
  • industrial engineer
  • metallurgist
  • meteorological technician
  • nuclear engineer
  • optical technician
  • radiographer
  • seismologist

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Arro Consulting Inc.
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astro-Physics
  • L. Robert Kimball & Associates
  • Laser Teaching Center
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportaion
  • Rettew Association Inc.
  • Sim Plus Exp
  • U.S. Department of Defense
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
    Director
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director