Alumni & Careers

Sample of possible careers with an undergraduate degree in Physics:


Computer Hardware/Software

Systems Engineer Software Engineer/Programmer
Electrical Engineer Web Developer / IT Consultant
Mechanical Engineer System Analyst / Tech Support
Project Engineer

Research and Technical

Aeronautical Engineer Research Assistant/Associate
Civil Engineer Lab Assistant/Associate
Development Engineer


Research Engineer High School Physics Teacher
Test Engineer High School Science Teacher

Select Recent Alumni:

  • Matthew Boyda, ’16, candidate for the M.S., aerospace engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • Joseph Ellis, ’16, Associate Software Engineer, Brocade.
  • Nicholas Dowdle, ’14, Relief analyst, Eastman Chemical.
  • Alexandra Firebaugh, ‘13, physics teacher, Mills E. Godwin High School.
  • William Garrison, ’10, system engineer for Boeing, M.S. in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. 
  • Andrew Giordani, ’10, candidate for the M.S., mechanical engineering, North Carolina State University.
  • Justin Lamb, ’10, candidate for the Ph.D., materials science, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Notable Alumni

  • Anne Ryan, ’06, assistant professor of statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • Michael Lane, ’95, professor of chemistry, Emory & Henry College (formerly at IBM Corporation); Ph.D. Stanford University.