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What to do with a Physics degree

Students looking at a job boardTraining in physics gives students great flexibility in selecting a career. The powerful array of technical skills taught to physics majors - critical thinking and problem solving, computers, electronics, mathematical analysis, technical writing - are of practical importance in many areas of theoretical and applied science. Potential employers value the broad training, versatility, and laboratory experience of physics graduates. After receiving their bachelor's degree, some of our students pursue advanced training in physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, or related fields; others start their working careers right away. The accompanying lists show that graduates of the UMass Dartmouth Physics Department are routinely accepted into prestigious graduate programs and are employed by some of the nation's foremost corporations.

Following are some of the paths and comments of UMass Dartmouth Physics graduates:

A sample of graduate schools attended by UMass Dartmouth Physics graduates

  • Boston University
  • Boston University (MBA)
  • Brandeis University
  • Bryant College (MBA)
  • Central Michigan University (astronomy)
  • City University of New York
  • Hofstra University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kent State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University (electrical engineering)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University (biophysics)
  • Rutgers University
  • State University of New York at Stony Book
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Illinois (nuclear engineering)
  • University of Maryland (biophysics)
  • University of Toledo (astronomy)
  • UMass Amherst
  • UMass Dartmouth
  • UMass Dartmouth (computer and information science)
  • UMass Dartmouth (electrical engineering)
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Hampshire (astrophysics)
  • University of Rhode Island (electrical engineering)
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University (astronomy)
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Washington State University
  • Wayne State University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western New England College (electrical engineering)
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Yale University (astronomy)

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A sample of companies employing UMass Dartmouth Physics graduates

  • Advanced Photovoltaic Systems (solar energy)
  • Aerochem Laboratories (environmental instrumentation)
  • Aerovox (electronic components)
  • APM Information Resources Corp. (software)
  • Atex Publishing Systems (publishing)
  • BBN Inc. (marine acoustics)
  • Bristol Property Management Inc. (commercial property management)
  • Chronar Corp. (solar energy)
  • Cornell Dubilier (electronic components)
  • Data General Corp. (computers)
  • Dirats Laboratories (metallurgy)
  • Dynamic Controls Corp. (computer control systems)
  • General Electric (consumer products)
  • GTE Laboratories (communications systems)
  • Houghton-Mifflin Publishers (publishing)
  • Land Development Northeast Inc. (commercial real estate development)
  • Lawrence Livermore Laboratories (academic research center)
  • Metallion Engineered Materials (metallurgy)
  • Monsanto Chemical Co. (chemical products)
  • National Institutes of Standards and Technology (federal agency)
  • Naval Underwater Systems (marine research)
  • Noise Control Engineering Inc. (noise abatement systems)
  • PC Logistics (software)
  • Raytheon Corp. (defense contractor)
  • Retail Analytics Inc. (software)
  • Solutions by Computer (software)
  • Spalding Sports (sporting goods)
  • Spica Technologies (laser testing)
  • TCI Corp. (projection TVs)

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A sample of careers of UMass Dartmouth Physics graduates

  • Actuary
  • Atomic physicist
  • Computer scientist
  • Computer systems manager
  • Design engineer in computer control systems
  • Design engineer in liquid crystal displays
  • Fiber-optics communications scientist
  • Laser test engineer
  • Liquid crystals scientist
  • Magnetic thin films scientist
  • Marketing manager at electronic components firm
  • Nuclear physicist
  • President of commercial real estate development company
  • President of noise control consulting firm
  • Product engineer at electronic components firm
  • Professor of electrical engineering
  • Professor of physics
  • Research engineer
  • Senior engineer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Solar photovoltaics scientist
  • Systems engineer

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What UMass Dartmouth Physics graduates have to say

  • "I've used my background in physics to develop software that shopping center developers use to analyze retail markets."
  • "Experience in physics proved to be an excellent preparation for MBA studies and work."
  • "Physics gave me a good background for the computer/engineering courses I subsequently took."
  • "I participate as a researcher doing cutting-edge work in the laser light damage industry."
  • "My physics background was a big help for graduate study in electrical engineering and for professional certification."
  • "The small class sizes I encountered in the Physics Department created a superior atmosphere for learning."
  • "I use the basics — mechanics, electronics, electromagnetism — every day in my work. Corporations value employees with this knowledge."
  • "I liked working closely with the faculty, especially helping them in their research."
  • "I especially liked Independent Study where I learned how to do research."

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