Physics Student Experience

Baker physics students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow you maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Physics students also participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom.

Lab Time

As part of the Baker curriculum, most of your courses in physics and the sciences will be accompanied by a lab period, in which you will be actively engaged in the practical application of scientific theories. Recognizing that application is essential in the natural and physical sciences, our curriculum provides you ample opportunity to be involved in research in and out of the classroom.

Student Projects & Research

Over the last five years, our students have conducted research in areas such as optical spectroscopy of biological samples, X-ray spectroscopy and analysis of X-ray data from satellites, the aerodynamics of baseball, and electromechanical devices such as “can crushers.”


Baker students have been successful in obtaining Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Held at major research universities in the summer, REUs are opportunities for undergraduate students in the fields of math, science and technology to take part in major research projects. REUs can offer you experience in various practical applications of mathematical theories and principles. Our latest REU students conducted research in Idaho University, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.


At Baker, we encourage students to engage in as many real-world experiences as possible, allowing you to earn practical experience while developing the skills and knowledge needed in the many fields you may want to enter with your degree in physics. Over the last five years our students have held internships in engineering firms in Memphis, Tenn. and Wichita, Kan., and at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Baker Graduates

Over the last five years our physics majors have gone on to the following:

  • Engineering school to complete dual degrees in physics and mechanical engineering and physics, civil engineering and physics, and electric engineering and physics
  • Graduate school to study medical physics, particle physics, astronomy, mathematics and physical education administration
  • Careers in the aerospace industry, engineering firms and computer programming