Department of Physics
Science Building 112
Petru S. Fodor, Chair
Kiril Streletzky, Undergraduate Program Director
The study of physics provides a crucial understanding of the world around us though the study of the fundamental laws governing matter and energy. The field of physics has been instrumental in the development of advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and medical equipment, impacting every aspect of our way of life. Studying physics fosters critical thinking, quantitative proficiency, and the ability to research and organize information, and infer new ideas.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
The ability to think critically, solve complex problems, develop effective models, and use a broad array of technical tools, makes physicists attractive to employers in the both the private as well as the government sectors. Physicists typically pursue careers in research and development (R&D), science, engineering, medicine, education, law, and finances. Some typical job titles are: R&D/Science/Engineering: Research Scientist/Associate, Material Scientist/Researcher, Optical Physicist/Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Solar Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Test Engineer, Design Engineer, Laboratory Technician; Nuclear Technician, Application Engineer, Laser Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Geophysicist, Meteorologist, Technical Specialist; Medicine/Education/Law/Finance: Medical Physicist, Radiation Health Officer Teacher/College Professor, Patent Law, Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, System Analyst, IT Consultant
What skills are developed within this major?
Skills developed within this major include: extensive analytical capabilities to solve quantitative problems involving complex data sets; ability to conduct experiments, analyze data and develop theories; broad knowledge of natural laws and technical expertise relevant to all other sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science and all branches of engineering; proficiency in using computer technology and mathematical modeling; ability to prepare technical reports.
A Bachelor of Arts in Physics gives an in-depth look into the world of Physics. Because of the significant amount of electives, it is not uncommon to combine a BA in physics with a degree in chemistry, biology, mathematics, education, or engineering!