Physics as a discipline is central to all the natural sciences. Its applications are evident in all the technological advances in our present-day society.
Students will find our physics major excellent preparation for graduate school or for certification in teaching at the mid-school and secondary levels.
Physics is a natural science that strives to accurately explain matter and energy at a very fundamental level. Mathematics is the primary language used in the field to communicate concepts that qualitatively and quantitatively describe natural phenomena, which is not only responsible for physical but also chemical and biological processes.
Physics is strictly an experimental science, which means that ideas come solely from experimentation and observation. Physics Majors at GC will honor the boundaries of physics, but also be encouraged to step outside and appreciate and acknowledge God's handiwork.
3/2 Engineering Partnership
At Greenville University we offer a 4-year General Engineering Program (Engineering Physics, B.S.). In addition, we also offer Dual Degree (3-2 program) and Triple Degree Programs (3-3 program) with two of the nation's leading engineering schools: Washington University in St. Louis and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our students who enroll in these engineering schools boast a completion rate of 98%.
Our engineering program produces competent, future-minded and environmentally conscious engineers. Our students receive personal attention from faculty, work with state-of-the-art technology, engage in internship opportunities and broad-based learning within the Christian liberal arts experience.
Greenville College admits students who desire to achieve a liberal arts education in an evangelical Christian context. Members of this community are either committed to Christ or are sympathetic to the Christian perspective.
Applicants are evaluated by consideration of their academic record, test scores, references, interviews, and participation in extracurricular activities. To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:
A completed Application for Admission, including full responses to the application essays
High School Transcripts
College Transcripts (if the student has attended any colleges previously)
ACT or SAT scores (required only of entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 college credits)
References (only if requested by the Admissions Committee)
The Admissions Office reviews each file individually, so all students who desire to study at Greenville College should complete the application process. However, the Greenville College Faculty have established guidelines by which admission decisions are generally made, which are:
Completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school
Ranked in the top 50% of the high school class
ACT composite of 18, or SAT (Math + Critical Reading) of 860
High School GPA of at least 2.25/4.0
Completed at least 12 transferable college credits
College GPA of at least 2.25/4.0
Note: If a student has completed fewer than 30 college credits, then the high school record and test scores are also used to determine admission.
Note: If a student is not a native English speaker, then the college will consider the TOEFL in lieu of the ACT or SAT for a freshman and may require the TOEFL for a transfer student.
An exact course distribution is not required, but the College recommends at least eleven of the minimum sixteen units earned be in college preparatory subjects. It is highly recommended that entering students have:
four years of English in high school
one year each in algebra and geometry
two years of foreign language
at least one year of laboratory science
one year of American history.
However, each candidate will be evaluated on the basis of the individual credentials presented to the College in support of the application.
*Special Note: A student pursuing an education degree with Greenville College who submits a composite score of 22 on the ACT (the composite score must include the writing portion of the test) will be able to use their composite ACT in lieu of the TAP/Illinois Basic Skills test. Note that the ACT composite score must be submitted during the admission process to Greenville College.
Greenville College admits students on a rolling basis, so there is no specific application deadline. Students receive notification of admission within two weeks after their admission file is complete. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a personal, on-campus interview with an applicant before making the final admissions decision.
Greenville College has the right to refuse admission or readmission for any student at its discretion. The college does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of handicap, race, creed, color, sex or national origin which is in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the laws of the State of Illinois.
Graduate/ Ph.D. Work