Physics

Why Physics?

Physics is all about the WHY. Take physics if you want to find answers to deep questions. Have you ever wondered why we can’t go back in time? Why can’t we turn gravity off, like we do with electricity? Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? Why doesn’t dark matter interact with light? Why can radiation treat cancer?

By trying to answer WHY, physicists have discovered knowledge that has changed our lives. It has enabled us to build cars, rockets, cell phones, CT and MRI scanners, along with many other devices. If you are curious about how the world around you works, physics is the perfect major for you.

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Physics gives you a well rounded education, with a broad array of knowledge in the physical and natural sciences, including: chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, and engineering. As a Physics Major, you will develop several other traits useful for employment in non-physics fields. You will develop skills in programming, numerical literacy, creativity, and problem solving. Half of physics graduates usually get hired directly into the workforce, the other half progress to graduate school. Other fields open to a Bachelor of Science in Physics include: astronomy, medicine, medical physic, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nuclear engineering, bioengineering, software analyst, or teaching.

Physics majors are strongly encouraged to get involved in research early in their studies. Research topics span a wide range of subjects, such as colliding black holes, young sun-like stars, new materials for solar energy conversion, optics and holography, remote sensing, etc. At least 2 credit hours of independent research with a faculty member towards a Capstone project is part of attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

 

Get a Degree in Physics

The Department of Physics offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Pure Physics or a Bachelor of Science with an Area of Emphasis in: Applied Physics, Biophysics, or Medical Physics. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree, suitable especially to secondary education teachers. In addition we offer a Minor in Physics to students who major in other disciplines. In collaboration with the Departments of Computer & Information Technology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, we offer a Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science with an Emphasis in Physics and Physical Science.

Learn more about the Degrees in Physics we offer:


Bachelor of Science in Pure Physics

Areas of Emphasis in Applied Physics, Biophysics, and Medical Physics

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (for Physics Teachers)

Minor in Physics

Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science with an Emphasis in Physics and Physical Science