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Physics

Why major in Physics at Hastings College?

You’ll find Hastings College Physics graduates excelling as engineers, astronomers, directors of laboratories, professors and project managers — or continuing their education in some of the top grad schools in the country.

Get in the lab and break new ground

We have some of the best-equipped labs in the region, and you’ll graduate having experienced four years in lab-directed study — double the lab time of undergrad programs you’ll find at other schools. What better way to learn and discover than designing and building projects, analyzing problems, making them work and judging the outcome!

In fact, during your senior year as a Physics major, you’ll tackle a year-long research project in an area of interest to you. After crafting a proposal, the department will fund the project — and you’ll present the research that you conduct at the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. It’s a great resume- and career-building opportunity.

Some recent senior projects include:

  • HCEV: The Creation of an Electric Vehicle
  • Empirically Analyzing Washboard Roads
  • Thermodynamics of the Heart: Calculating Cardiac Output During Exercise
  • The Design and Testing of a Robotic Hand to Determine its Qualification as an Adequate Prosthetic Device
  • Investigating Orbital Trajectory

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

Summer and January Term opportunities offer Hastings College Physics majors opportunities for internships with businesses based right in Hastings, or across the country, from California-based Wellhead Electronics to Omaha, Nebraska-based Kiewit and more.

Summer and J-Term also means time to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). REUs give you the chance to conduct research and learn alongside graduate students at major universities, including at Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Chicago.

Helping you succeed

Hastings College Physics professors offer a broad program, which opens up numerous possible career paths, including multiple areas of engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil and others thanks to our pre-engineering program), research and teaching. Their focus on students and the community feel within the department helps you succeed in tough courses and prepares you for the road ahead.

At every step along your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.

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Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Get involved beyond the Physics classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Physics majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus we offer talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

Excel in graduate school

Recent Hastings College Physics alumni have gone on to pursue professional and master's degrees at some of the top graduate and professional schools for their program:

  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Iowa State University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Wyoming

Success in Physics

From his first day at Hastings College in 1960 as a “24-year-old kid with a crew cut,” to this past January Term as a seasoned educator, Dr. Clyde Sachtleben has spent most of his life as a Hastings College professor of physics. Even after his... more
Are you interested in biology, chemistry, math, computer science, engineering, or physics? Then you've come to the right place! Hastings College can provide a hands-on, small class learning experience! Check out what our STEM alumni have been up to... more
Junior Marcus Brown is spending his summer conducting research in the nano-material and nano-engineering department as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. more
By participating in a summer internship program, physics major Ian Tuttle is mixing his love for physics, Christianity and Disney. more
Senior Miranda Muhs, a physics major from Omaha, Nebraska, is spending her second summer as an intern for Wellhead Electric. She is learning all about the business world after learning about what it might be like from classes at Hastings College. more