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Unlock the Mysteries of God’s Creation Through Physics

Unlock the code in which God created the universe through applied lab experiences and lectures. Understand the world’s fundamental laws and phenomena. Independent research and mentoring relationships will prepare you for your career, graduate school, and wherever you are called.

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4 Year Promise

At Roberts, we are committed to giving you a head start in earning income and achieving your personal goals by helping you graduate in four years. In fact, we guarantee it.


Program Highlights

Build your confidence by conducting research and collaborating with partner universities.

After graduation, you’ll be ready to boost your career with graduate studies.

Delve into conversations about faith and key scientific issues at events such as our Faith and Science Lunch Discussion.


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Silvia Peiro Soriano ‘23 (Physics, Mathematics) has one goal: understand the universe in order to improve the future.

She said the best thing about studying Physics is that “You get to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level.” She shared that “I want to use my knowledge to make discoveries or build technology that will change the world for the better.”

What Will I Learn

You’ll build a strong foundational understanding of physics. You’ll be able to take that core knowledge and apply it to a variety of career paths, such as astrophysics, engineering, quantum physics, and plasma or high energy physics.

Many of our Physics majors also join the 3+2 Engineering program. Our partner institutions include Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Clarkson University.

You’ll study:
  • General, modern, and quantum physics
  • Classical mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Computational tools

Career Outlook

Research and Internships


  • Physicist
  • Physics Teacher
  • Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Applications Engineer
  • Accelerations Operator
  • Data Analyst
  • Lab Technician
  • Systems Analyst

Graduate Schools

  • Clarkson University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY - Geneseo
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • University of Virginia
  • Wayne State University
  • Hofstra University

Frequently Asked Questions

Physics, when put simply, is the study of matter and energy.

It is a natural science that seeks to understand the fundamental principles governing the universe’s matter and energy. It aims to explain the behavior of the physical world. Subtopics within physics include mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, quantum, and relativity.

A physicist is someone who studies the universe, including its matter and energy.

There are 3 categories of physicists:
  • Theoretical physicists create and apply theories to understand and explain phenomena.
  • Experimental physicists conduct research to test hypotheses and theories.
  • Applied physicists apply the findings of theoretical and experimental physicists. These applications aim to solve problems in society, whether in technology, science, or elsewhere.

A Roberts physics degree involves a combination of physics, math, and computer science courses.

Physics majors at Roberts will also have the opportunity to participate in the Society of Physics Chapter, independent research opportunities, and take courses at other Rochester area institutions.

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the median annual wage for physicists was $152,430 in 2021, though it’s noted that they must have a master’s or doctoral degree.

Naturally, the numbers will differ by area, business, level, and position.

Yes! If you come to campus for an individual visit, you can meet individually with a professor to get an overview of the major and your individual questions answered. Our Discovery Day events typically include a Faculty & Services Expo, where you can meet your future professors.

Almost all students who have made the choice to enter this program have graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College, improved their vocational career prospects, and/or gone on to graduate programs. Graduates from Roberts Wesleyan College have acquired the knowledge and learning experiences necessary to advance their personal and professional development to stay competitive in today’s working environment.

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Adolescence Education Physics - The Adolescence Education Physics program prepares students to apply for New York State teaching certification in Physics for grades 7-12 en route to help them become a Physics teacher.
Computer Science - The Computer Science program at Roberts Wesleyan University prepares students for employment in a wide variety of computer and information technologies careers.
Engineering - The students in our Engineering Program know that it is becoming increasingly important in our technological society, and choose Roberts to teach them the skills necessary to succeed.
Mathematics - With a major in Mathematics, students develop a wide range of analytical skills including critical thinking and quantitative skills, en route to a Mathematics degree.
Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics - 585.594.6182 -