Physics Department

Why Study Physics at Fisher?

Fisher's Physics program combines the best aspects of a major university with those of a small liberal arts college. You will receive the personal attention in small classes that is typical of a college the size of Fisher, but you will be taught by world-class professors who are as active in research as those in major universities.

Professional & Educational Preparation

The physics program is designed to prepare you for:

  • Graduate study in physics or astronomy (B.S. Option I)
  • An industrial or government position (B.A./B.S. Option I or II)
  • Engineering school (Pre-Engineering Program)
  • A career in science education (B.S. Option II)
  • Medical, dental, optometry, or pharmacy school (B.S. Option II)
  • Careers including law, environmental work, science journalism, business/business management, systems analysis, etc.

The program allows many free electives so you can minor in any other discipline, or double-major in physics and mathematics or computer science.

Special Learning Opportunities in Physics

3+2 Pre-Engineering program option is available with select colleges and universities.

Students often conduct research with their professors, with their stipends and expenses all paid by the professor’s research grants. In addition, students are allowed free access to laboratories. It is a common practice for upper-level students to have keys to laboratories where they can work on their experiments after hours.

Physics Alumni Spotlight

Samantha Bonelli

Samantha Bonelli '14

Physical Science Category Specialist, VWR International

Samantha Bonelli, a Utica native and graduate of the Physics Program in the School of Arts and Sciences, has found herself working for VWR International, $4.1 billion company that supplies science education equipment to schools all around the world. She started at the company about a month after receiving her B.S. in Physics from Fisher, and works out of their Rochester office.

At VWR, she is a member of the Category Management Team as a Physical Science Category Specialist. On a day-to-day basis, she assists with product development and technical support. She said the close relationships with her professors meant the world to her as they truly cared about helping her find success.

"My experience at Fisher prepared me very well for the working world. The quality and practicality of a Fisher education is of such great value to me. I am immensely grateful to the Physics Department for giving me a high quality education on a very personal level, and for helping me become the person I am today."


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