Answer The Big Questions
Physicists take on the big questions to discover how the universe works—from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. Physicists experiment, observe, and analyze phenomena using mathematical and computational tools. They are well versed in programming, data analytics, and predictive modeling.
Physicists apply critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. In short, they solve problems. The ability to solve problems can be applied to many fields beyond physics, including computer science, engineering, finance, and more.
A degree in physics will provide you with a diverse range of career opportunities. Physicists work in academic and government labs as well as in industry as engineers, data scientists, programmers, and analysts. Use your acquired skills and knowledge to analyze financial markets for a financial services firm, or use your foundational physics knowledge to pursue careers in other fields like medicine, education, law, business, and more.
The areas of study within the Physics Department—physics and applied physics—help you to develop analytical, critical thinking, laboratory, and research skills, blending the theoretical and practical aspects of physics you’ll need to be successful. Career outcomes for physics and related fields—including job placement and starting and median salaries are excellent.
Discover how our world works— from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. Physics degree students explore the physical models behind the behavior of our universe. You’ll learn the fundamentals of physics. The BS option focuses on a breadth and depth of core physics knowledge. Often, physics BS degree-seeking students are preparing for graduate studies in the field.
With a BA degree in physics, you’ll learn how our world works, while being able to take advantage of the flexibility of a traditional liberal arts education. Students pursuing the physics BA option often plan to use their degree in another field like law, medicine, education or business.
With a BS degree in applied physics you’ll acquire a solid physics foundation with the freedom to explore an interdisciplinary area of interest, like astrophysics, materials science, or nanotechnology, to name a few. You’ll work with your academic advisor to incorporate your application area interests into your coursework. Applied physics students typically go on to graduate studies in physics and/or work in materials science, energy, aerospace, chemical and environmental industries, or at national labs.