If you like to think about why the world works the way it does, physics might be the right subject for you. If you want to understand how technology works and design the next innovations, physics has some of the answers. If you want to make contributions to the biggest open scientific questions of our generation, physics can help! We can't explain the entire universe, but we can provide you with the tools you need to find some of the answers on your own. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals and the Physics Department Learning Goals.
Combining a science or mathematics major with some additional coursework and summer internships in engineering is excellent preparation for future graduate work in engineering or employment in engineering-related fields. While the Engineering Nexus explicitly is not an engineering degree or accreditation, it is intended as a route into the field of engineering. The experiential portion of the Nexus involves completing a summer internship in the field of engineering. This may be participating in a formal Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in an academic laboratory, a summer internship with an engineering firm, working abroad for the summer in an engineering laboratory, or other options. Given the diversity of engineering, a wide range of courses can count towards the Nexus, but students must consult with a Nexus advisor to determine a program that will match her interests and goals.
Engineering Dual-Degree Program
Mount Holyoke students can earn a degree in engineering in different ways, either by earning a master's or PhD degree in engineering after graduation from Mount Holyoke or by earning a second bachelor's degree, through what is called a Dual-Degree Engineering program.