At Marietta College, students work closely with physics faculty members who are committed to teaching and doing physics within the liberal arts tradition. Our students are engaged, challenged, and rewarded as they prepare for graduate school or technical careers.
-- Dr. Dennis Kuhl, Chair of the Department of Physics

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics
Minor in Physics
Minor in Astronomy

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. Dennis E. Kuhl

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Study physics and you'll start to unlock the nature of the universe. Study physics at Marietta and you'll unlock your potential at the same time. Whatever your goals, our program will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive background in theoretical and experimental physics. You'll work together with faculty members who are recognized for their research in highly specialized fields and who make that expertise accessible to students.

Marietta offers two physics programs:

The physics major will prepare you for graduate or professional study and for a career in physics or related fields.

The applied physics major offers a curriculum designed to prepare you for either the 3-2 Engineering Binary Program or employment in technical positions immediately after graduation.



Physics classes and labs meet in state-of-the-art facilities at the new Rickey Science Center and recently renovated areas of the Selby-Bartlett building. Astronomy courses utilize the telescope in the William Chamberlain Gurley Observatory located on the roof of Mills Hall.


Required Courses

All physics majors take the following courses:

  • General Physics I and II
  • Modern Physics
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • Experimental Physics I and II
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Senior Capstone Course: Physics Research I and II

Additional elective courses in physics are also required.

Requirements for the applied physics major are flexible and depend on the interests of the student.

Requirements for a Minor
23 credit hours including Physics 221, 222, 321, 331; Mathematics 125 and 126; and one additional 300-level Physics course.

click to expandMeet the Faculty

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Ann Bragg

Craig Howald

Dennis Kuhl

Cavendish McKay

Les Anderson

Whit Hancock

Dan Jones

click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You

Besides the hands-on experience you'll get in the lab working with professors, physics majors are also eligible for a Rickey Summer Research Grant. These competitive grants support student research conducted either on campus or at other appropriate sites. One Marietta student recently spent the summer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. A variety of other internship programs are also available.

Clubs & Organizations
Marietta's Society of Physics Students is a student affiliate of the prestigious American Physical Society, a group dedicated to promoting the understanding and study of physics.


click to expandSuccessful Alumni

Marietta's Physics Department has a long and distinguished history of educating students who go on to become extremely successful in science, engineering, and business. They help build satellites. They're principal agents for high-technology venture-capital firms. One is even a college art professor. Other Marietta graduates have careers like:

Technical Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Physicist, Sandia National Laboratory

Senior editor, Astronomy magazine

Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs

Officer and nuclear specialist, U.S. Navy

Department head, Martin Marietta Energy Systems

Researcher, 3M Company


click to expandScholarship Opportunities

The Rickey Scholarships in Physics support the study of physics at Marietta College. The scholarships are awarded to full-time students showing excellent academic achievement and intending to major in physics with the goal of continuing on to graduate school and a scientific or technical career. The current scholarship is $18,000 per academic year and is renewable given satisfactory progress towards the degree.

In addition, recipients of Rickey Scholarships in Physics are automatically eligible to receive up to two Summer Research Grants.