Major Description

In this major, you will study, measure, and manipulate the fundamental interactions of matter, energy, space, and time. This branch of science forms the foundation of all natural sciences and engineering disciplines. Students in this major will gain a deep conceptual and mathematical understanding of the world around us through their coursework and hands-on learning opportunities. This program will give you the tools to quantitatively break down complex problems to solve scientific mysteries and reveal the inner workings of nature. This program provides a solid training in physics, but also allows space for electives, thereby providing students more flexibility to take more advanced Physics coursework or pursue other interests. Our Physics program will give you the keys to a wide range of challenging and fulfilling careers, whether you plan on entering a graduate or a professional school, or joining the private-sector workforce after graduation. There is also the option for those in Physics to earn a Secondary Education minor and obtain certification to teach Physics in high schools.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

There are a variety of career options for majors in Physics in the following areas: Data Science, Engineering, Finance, Government and Private-Sector Research, Medicine, Physics, Software, Teaching, and Technology Development.

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Knowledge of math, science, and engineering
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Teamwork
  • Acoustical Physicist
  • Application Engineer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Fluid Physicist
  • Geophysicist Health
  • Physicist
  • Lab Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Physicist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Analyst
  • Technical Consultant

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Physics. Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Physics.  These organizations include American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society.