Academic Programs



Possible career options:

  • Astronomer
  • Engineer
  • Professor
  • Research scientist

Where our graduates study:

  • Boston University
  • Duke University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Penn State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University

Positions our graduates have held:

  • President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Manager, Western Electric Company
  • Physicist, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Professor, Wright State University
  • Medical Physicist, Saint Joseph Health System

Program Overview

Transylvania's physics program teaches students to describe nature mathematically by solving problems related to the physical world.

Studying physics at Transylvania offers decided advantages. Our students get one-on-one attention from professors, who set up and teach the student labs. The program also offers on-site research opportunities for all of our majors.

As a physics major, you will be required to conduct a research project as part of a senior capstone experience. Preparation for this begins in your sophomore or junior year, when you will be paired with a senior in one of our labs. You will also be encouraged to participate in a summer research project at an outside lab.

Engineering Studies

If your goal is to work in an engineering field, Transylvania offers two tracks to prepare for a career:

  • In the 3-2 arrangement, students earn a B.A. in physics or liberal studies from Transylvania in three years and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Kentucky or Vanderbilt University in two years.

  • If you prefer to stay on Transylvania's campus all four years, you can take up to six engineering courses at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as part of your undergraduate study and be fully prepared to enter a master's or doctoral engineering program—at the institution of your choice—upon graduation. With this plan, it's possible to complete a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in six years.

Graduates of the engineering program have been highly successful and hold positions in academia, government, and industry.

Opportunities in the major:

  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (national honor society)

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