Major: Physics

What colleges offer a Major in Physics?

Physics is a part of everyday life. Here are a few things made possible by physics:

Laser scanners that tally your items at grocery stores
Light bulbs that keep your home brightly lit
Solar panels that power your home 
Fiber optics that give you internet, TV, and telephone service

In sum, physics is the study of the world and universe and how they behave. From nanoparticles to galaxies─submicroscopic to macroscopic─physicists are interested in it all. This science focuses on matter and energy and their interactions through space and time. Energy and force are associated concepts studied in this field.

As a Physics major, you’ll develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are highly sought after by various employers.

What does a Physics major study?

Oscillation and Waves
Quantum Mechanics
Classical Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism

What can I do with a Physics degree?

Your physics courses will fine-tune your analytical and quantitative skills. You’ll find yourself well positioned for career opportunities in engineering, medicine, finance, and public policy. Here are some examples:

Specializations for a Physics major:

  • Computational Physics 
  • Chemical Physics
  • Materials Science
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Physical Electronics

What are the requirements for a Physics degree?

Consult your student handbook for the requirements needed to graduate. Participating in corporate or government internships will provide real-world insights regarding physicists’ work. If you have specific interests or are uncertain about areas of concentration, meet with an advisor for help.