Major in physics

Uncover the mysteries of nature, probe the far reaches of space and the depths of the ocean, and meet our planet's environmental challenges. As a physicist, you can investigate the structure of the atom, design and program computers, solve environmental problems, and develop new manufacturing materials.

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Physicists lead some of the world's major technology companies and research institutes, paving the way for technological innovations such as lasers, solar cells, electric cars, medical diagnostics, and computers.

The powerful array of technical skills you'll acquire as a physics major will prepare you for a career in many areas of theoretical and applied science. You'll be ready to assume leadership roles in industry, business, and government or explore the fields of materials science, biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and medical physics. Ninety-five percent of physics majors are either in graduate school or employed within the first year of graduation.

In addition, the Physics Department offers a bachelor's of science degree in physics with a concentration in astronomy and astrophysics.

We also offer teacher preparation for students who are interested in teaching physics at the high school level. Learn more about teacher preparation


Jay Wang

Associate Professor
Science & Engineering 204B