Highlights

  • The Physics & Astronomy Department has graduated an average 19 majors per year from 2002-2011. (For comparison, 2008 national data: Bachelor’s-granting departments produced an average of 4.8 physics majors per year; Master’s granting departments had an average of 6.0, and Ph.D.- granting departments produced an average of 16.2 physics and astronomy Bachelor’s degrees).
  • Almost half of Carleton physics majors continue on with graduate training in science or engineering.  From 2002-2011 Carleton physics graduates matriculated into graduate programs in physics and astronomy at Arizona, Boston University, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of California – Berkeley, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Illinois, Johns Hopkins, University of Manchester (GB), Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, MIT, New Mexico, Northwestern, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Penn State, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, University of Rochester, Stanford, SUNY Stony Brook, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington, West Virginia, William and Mary, and Wisconsin.
  • Carleton ranks first among baccalaureate colleges in the absolute number of graduates who go on to receive a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, and 31st nationally compared to all US colleges and universities. 
  • From 1990-2009, Carleton averaged 6.85 majors per year obtaining a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy and engineering (76 Carleton physics majors earned Ph.D.’s in physics, 28 Ph.D.’s in astronomy, and 33 Ph.D.’s in engineering). This Ph.D. production rate for physics and astronomy puts Carleton College second (behind Harvey Mudd) on the list of baccalaureate colleges.
  • The Ph.D. production rate for women is equally impressive. From 1990-2009, 19 women physics majors from Carleton earned Ph.D.’s in physics; Carleton and Bryn Mawr are tied for first among liberal arts colleges, and 10th among all US universities and colleges.
  • Carleton physics majors are leaders in the field.  In 2012 two of our  students received a Goldwater and a Churchill Scholarship and two recent alums received National Science Foundation Graduate School Fellowships.