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 discover knowledge that has changed our lives. It has enabled us to build cars, rockets, cell phones, CT and MRI, and many other devices. If you are curious to find out how the world around you works, physics might be the perfect major for you.

Physics gives you a well rounded education, with a broad array of knowledge in the physical and natural sciences, such as chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, and engineering. As a physics major, you will also develop several other traits that are useful for employment in non-physics fields. You will develop skills in programming, numerical literacy, creativity, and problem solving. Half of the physics graduates usually go directly into employment. The other half go on to graduate school. Some other fields that open up to a B.S. in Physics include: astronomy, medicine, medical physic, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nuclear engineering, bioengineering, software analyst, or teacher. For more options, please visit: APS Careers in Physics.

Degrees Offered

Are you interested in pursuing a degree in physics? We offer coursework leading to a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. with Areas of Emphasis in Bio, Applied and Medical Physics, a B.A. in Physics (targeted towards secondary education teachers), and a Minor in Physics (aimed at pre-medicine and health care professions). In collaboration with the departments of physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Integrated Science and Technology, we offer an M.S in Physical Science with emphasis in Geobiophysical Modeling.

Are curious about how the universe works?

Then you should consider a physics major or minor.

"You can recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity." - Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law

The Department of Physics and Physical Science at Marshall University would very much like to help you obtain the B.S. degree in physics.
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