Undergraduate Programs

Create Your Own Path to Success by Taking Control of Your Education

At WPI no two students in the Physics department take the same path to graduation. Here, each student has a different course transcript, distinctive project experiences, and unique involvements working with professors in our research laboratories. That’s because at WPI we educate the individual— not the group.

As a Physics major at WPI, you’ll start out by focusing on the fundamental principles of physics, including forces/energy, motion/kinetics, the nature of electricity, magnetism and matter, and the relativistic and quantum nature of the universe. Then you’ll receive individual attention from our world-class faculty members to help you create a program that meets your individual needs and interests.

You’ll be encouraged to follow your passion and develop expertise in an area of your choice. You might choose a traditional program of physics study or one that has engineering applications to such areas as computational or thermal physics, biophysics, green energy, optics, electromagnetism, or nuclear science. The decision is uniquely your own.

Touching The Unseeable

Associate Professor of Physics Nancy Burnham and her students are visualizing and probing structures smaller than the wavelength of light through WPI’s Atomic-Force Microscope.

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Independent Study/Project

Through the ISP you can design your own courses, create your own projects, and take control of your curriculum. It’s really that simple. Learn more…

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Physics program at WPI are employed across business, government, industry, and academia. The following are among the organizations employing Physics alumni:

  • Assurance Technology Corporation
  • Bell Aerospace Services
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • Intel Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Massachusetts Electric
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NOAA Research Laboratories
  • NASA
  • Paradigm Technologies
  • Raytheon
  • Sun Microsystems
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • And multiple institutions of higher education