Physics Degrees

Whether you’re pursuing a curiosity about the universe or a career in engineering, NWU Physics has what you’re looking for. Let your NWU lab experience take you anywhere from inside atoms to outside solar systems.

Our labs and classrooms help you understand, apply and communicate complex physical principles. We provide the underlying theory, advanced equipment, technical training and amazing opportunities. You provide the energy to learn and do more.

Opportunities to participate in individual research projects may be theoretical or experimental in nature. We are well equipped in digital electronics, x-ray fluorescence and nuclear spectroscopy, astrophysics, and radiation protection.

Get amazing results.

NWU Physics offers you the variety of programming to reach your unique goals. Launch a career in any aspect of engineering or technology, join industry, teach or conduct research.

Physics BA

A Bachelor of Arts in physics is a great choice for NWU students who want a solid physics education paired with a broad, liberal arts background.

Physics BS

The Bachelor of Science in physics is designed for students pursuing employment or advanced degrees in physics or engineering.

Physics Education

Future physics teachers may pursue an education major with a secondary endorsement in physics.

Engineering Dual Degree Program

NWU Physics offers an exciting pre-professional program in engineering where you study for three years at NWU, then move to a partnering engineering program at Columbia University, Washington University, or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In just five years, you can earn a Bachelor of Science from NWU and an undergraduate engineering degree from the partnering school.

Physics faculty

NWU Physics faculty includes a professor who’s taught at NWU for more than 40 years and another who served on unmanned space missions (New Horizons and Rosetta) to Pluto and a comet.

Contact or visit us

Physics Department
Dr. Robert Fairchild, Dept. Chair
Olin Hall, Room 133
Lincoln, NE 68504
rwf [at]