Physics, General

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About the Physics Major

Curious about how Sir Isaac Newton developed his law of universal gravitation after seeing an apple fall from a tree? What about how Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity after watching a clock tower from inside a moving streetcar? Consider majoring in physics. Physics majors explore the intricacies of nature and the universe, such as matter, motion, energy, and force, in order to understand how things behave. The field is largely based in the physical sciences, but also involves certain elements of chemistry, biology, astronomy, mathematics, and even philosophy.

In additional to foundational math courses such as differential equations, students can expect to take courses across the different areas of physics, including basic physics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, relativity, statistical physics, and experimental physics. Throughout their education, students are encouraged, if not required, to participate in research and scientific lab work on and off campus.

Graduates are prepared for professional careers in various areas of physics, such as astrophysics, biophysics, applied physics, and geophysics, as well as other areas, like engineering, management, law, and medicine. For those interested in becoming a physicist or a physics teacher, an undergraduate degree serves as great preparation for graduate studies in physics and related fields.

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