Your career in physics

 As a graduate of the physics program at S&T, you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities in front of you. Students are often so fascinated with physics that they continue on to obtain MS or PhD degree in physics, frequently in the top universities in the nation. In today's interdisciplinary environment, BS degree in physics is an excellent starting point for a graduate degree in such disciplines as materials science, biophysics or physics chemistry. If you choose full-time employments following your BS degree, the possible areas are education, finance, healthcare or scientific and technical industries, as well as software development. Whatever your career of choice is, you'll benefit from the skills learned here, such as problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork.

Notable physics alumni include:

  • Sandra Magnus, '86, former astronaut, NASA, current executive director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Richart Slusher '60, former head of optical physics, AT&T Bell Laboratories, current regents researcher and principal research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the director of the Georgia Tech Quantum Institute
  • Ronald Pettus '66, former section chief, McDonnell Douglas, current associate professor of political science, St. Charles Community College
  • David Meier '71, '73, retired JPL radio astronomer
  • Kathy Rages '72, former NASA space physicist, current research scientist, SETI Institute
  • James Lawler '73, physics professor, University of Wisconsin
  • Thomas Osborne '76, senior scientist, General Atomics
  • Harry Laswell II '78, former plant manager, Intel, current co-founder and managing director, American River Ventures
  • Jonathan Waters '81, professor of anesthesiology and bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Don Reago '84, director, Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center
  • Danial Gualtieri '90, vice president of production solutions, Knowledge Reservoir
  • Michael Noble '91, director, Advanced Systems Division, Space Superiority Directorate, USAF
  • David Thilker '94, research scientist, Center for Astrophysical Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University
  • John Asher Johnson '99, Professor of Astronomy at the Harvard University