Alumni & Careers

Graduating with a Bachelor of Physics opens the door to a variety of jobs as well as opportunities to continue to graduate school. 

Physics graduates entering the workforce can find employment in a multitude of sectors. Graduates are hired for their problem solving and computing skills as well as their technical and scientific knowledge.

Physics Bachelors entering the workforce can be found in a multitude of sectors. Graduates are hi... Employment for New Physics Bachelors

Sample of possible career paths:


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 or Science Teacher
Test Engineer Museum/Science Center Educator

Select Recent Alumni:

  • Madison Jackson ’21 (physics, mathematics): Graduate Student in Physics, The Ohio State University.
  • Joe Tolone ’21 (physics, mathematics): Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
  • Rebekah Watters ’19 (physics, chemistry, mathematics): Teacher in the Pulaski Central School District, NY.
  • Jared Rondeau ’16 (physics, chemistry, mathematics): Associate Scientist at GSK Consumer Healthcare.
  • Joseph Ellis ’16 (physics, mathematics):  Associate Software Engineer at Brocade Communications.
  • Nicholas Dowdle ’14 (physics, mathematics): Relief Analyst at Eastman Chemical.


  • Alexandra Firebaugh ’13 (physics, mathematics): Full Stack Web Developer, Formally High School Physics Teacher.
  • William Garrison ’10 (physics, mathematics): Mission Analysis Lead Engineer at Boeing;  Ph.D. in Modeling & Simulation from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. 
  • Andrew Giordani ’10 (physics, mathematics): Staff Scientist at Physical Electronics; Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech.
  • Justin Lamb ’10 (physics, mathematics): Research Scientist and Application Engineer at Universal Alloy Corporation; Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Notable Alumni

  • Matthew Boyda ’16 (physics, mathematics): Software Development Pathways Intern at NASA Langley Research Center; Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.
  • Anne Ryan Driscoll ’06 (mathematics and physics): Assistant Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech; Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech.
  • Michael Lane ’95 (chemistry and physics): Professor of Chemistry at Emory & Henry College (formerly at IBM Corporation); Ph.D. and M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.