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Physics and Astronomy

Dartmouth Alums With This Major

  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon.com
    (WA, Dartmouth '91)
  • MD/PhD Student, Dartmouth
    (NH, Dartmouth ‘06)
  • Patent Lawyer, Neugeboren O'Dowd PC
    (CO, Dartmouth '05)
  • Director, Infrastructure, King Arthur Flour
    (VT, Dartmouth '05)
  • Assistant Vice President, General Electric Company
    (CT, Dartmouth '04)
  • Trading Manager, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
    (CHINA, Dartmouth '02)
  • Research Analyst, RCM Advisors, LLC (financial)
    (TX, Dartmouth '01)
  • Software Engineer, Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems
    (TX, Dartmouth '01)
  • Senior Research Physicist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    (MD, Dartmouth '01)
  • Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
    (CHINA, Dartmouth '00)

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Major Description

The department focuses on a few core areas - astronomy and cosmology, quantum and condensed matter physics, plasma and space physics - and designs both the physics and astronomy majors within it to provide students with a solid foundation in analytic thinking, problem solving, and the fundamentals of physics through a selection of independent research opportunities as well as an array of specialized courses at a number of levels and various research seminars.

Skills Acquired

What is this?

  • Critical Thinking (Independence of thought and ability to generate important questions)
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Creativity and Creative Initiative
  • Problem Solving
  • Independence and Personal Initiative (Motivation, etc.)

Possible Career Paths

  • Astronomy
  • Acoustical Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Fluid and Plasma Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Health Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Optical Physics
  • Science Education
  • Technical
  • Solid State Physics
  • Business
  • Law
  • Healthcare

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Last Updated: 3/29/13