Why don’t riders fall off the roller coaster? When you look in a window, why do you see what’s inside as well as your own reflection? As a University of Mary Washington physics major, you’ll satisfy your curiosity about the physical universe, then analyze and describe your discoveries. Explore what interests you most – astronomy, thermodynamics, nuclear physics, electronics, optics, mathematical physics, quantum mechanics and more – preparing yourself for higher study or entry into an in-demand career.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
“Knowledge Rate” describes the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities.
“Career Outcomes Rate” describes the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Physics Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 34
Knowledge Rate: 78%
Career Outcome Rate: 78%
|Waiting on Grad School||11%|
Where do our alumni land?
- Viatech Electromagnetics
- Naval Surface Warfare Center
- U.S. Department of Defense
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- CSSI, Inc.
- Manufacturing Techniques, Inc.
- University of Rochester
- University of Mary Washington
- University of Hawaii
- George Washington University
- East Carolina University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
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