• Overview
  • Phenomena of the physical universe.

    Physics has led to many of the world’s most exciting inventions, from computers and the World Wide Web, to lasers and X-ray technology. But when it comes to the natural laws of the physical universe, there is still much to be discovered.

    In this program, you will study the nature and behavior of matter and energy, with a focus on classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, quantum mechanics and thermal physics. You will learn to apply this knowledge to solve complex scientific puzzles in medicine, technology, energy and many other areas.

    Physics majors gain hands-on experience designing and conducting experiments using the very latest research techniques and computer technologies. The department also offers special research opportunities through the department’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

  • Degree Fit
  • This degree could be a good fit if you:
    • Consider yourself a pragmatic person
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Are curious about how the universe works
    • Have strong skills in mathematics and chemistry
    • Want to do research in a laboratory
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a/an:
    • Research physicist (government lab or high-tech industry)
    • Core technology scientist
    • Electro-optic engineer
    • Applications engineer
    • Manufacturing tools project leader
    • Reactor coolant system engineer
    • Project engineer
    • Senior noise engineer
    • Senior scientist