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.

Do you want to know how the Universe works?

Then you should consider a major or minor 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 Applied Physics, Biophysics, and Medical Physics, a B.A. in Physics, suitable especially to secondary education teachers, and a Minor in Physics. In collaboration with the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and Integrated Science and Technology, we offer a M.S in Physical Science with emphasis in Geobiophysical Modeling. Below are the links to our degrees in physics

The Department of Physics and Physical Science at Marshall University will help you obtain the desired degree in physics.
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