Carleton College

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Carleton College

Faculty:Carleton College
Field of Study:Physics, General
Course Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $56,778

Cost shown represents tuition fees for the 2019-2020 year.



Physics is the fundamental natural science. At its simplest, it is the study of energy and matter, their interactions, and their motion through space and time. Our department mentors an average of 22 majors in each class year, with the aim of giving students the tools needed to study the nature of the universe. At Carleton, you can work with eight faculty members in a wide variety of courses and labs, exploring many different aspects of Physics, including Newtonian mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, optics, and electricity & magnetism. Students can also work individually or in small groups doing research with faculty members to study specific areas of interest.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants should have at least: three or more years of English (with a stress on writing); two years of algebra and a year of geometry; two years of social science; and one year of a laboratory science. Most Carleton students go well beyond this minimum. The admissions committee is usually attracted to candidates who do honors or advanced placement work, when available. We also expect students to take two or more years of a foreign or classical language, unless it is not offered at their school. Students who take more courses in the subjects listed above are generally stronger candidates. But we may offer admission to an applicant of unusual ability and interest who has not taken all these courses. When we do, it is on the basis of his or her school record, scores on standardized tests, and recommendations of school officials.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 22, 2019