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OUTCOMES

The Department of Physics aims to introduce non-science majors to the process and concepts of physics, prepare pre-med students to succeed on the MCAT and in medical school, and train physics majors for graduate school and careers. Our track record is impressive:

  • 100% of Albright physics students who apply are accepted to graduate school
  • 100% of Albright physics/secondary education students pass the PRAXIS exam
  • More than 75% of Albright physics students who take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score 780 or higher (out of 800) in math
  • Albright students become smarter by taking the physics curriculum, improving their IQ on average from 130 to 134 (based on SAT and GRE scores)
  • More than half of Albright physics students complete at least one research project
  • 50% of Albright physics students choose high school teaching as a career

 

Student Learning Outcomes/Department Goals

Albright Physics students learn to:

  1. Communicate effectively in a scientific context by a.) reading, b.) writing, and c.) speaking from a pedagogical/popular level to an appropriate professional level (e.g. scientific-journal quality papers, research presentations).

  2. Employ strong conceptual skills for solving problems.

  3. Successfully model physical reality in diverse contexts with a broad range of mathematical tools.

  4. Show proficiency at designing, implementing, and analyzing experiments.

  5. Proficiently use commercial software packages for project design, problem-solving, and equipment control.

 

Employment

Even in hard economic times, a physics degree provides a near-guarantee of employment. Physicists are trained to be versatile and flexible, and employers know that physics graduates tend to be among the best and brightest. Not surprisingly, physicists have an unemployment rate of less than 2% (5% for new B.S. graduates), with an average starting salary of about $50,000 for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Albright physics graduates have been very successful in finding the employment they desire. Among the companies that have hired Albright physics graduates are:

  • AT&T
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Croda
  • East Penn Manufacturing
  • Edmund Optics
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Litton Electronic Devices
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Meadowlark Optics
  • The SI Organization
  • The Vanguard Group