Why study Physics?

Are you curious about why and how things work? Are you curious about the nature, the world, the universe? Are you interested in solving problems, be they down-to-earth “real-world” or fundamental and “esoteric”-looking? Or are you simply fascinated by the mathematical beauty of the universe? If so, physics is the field of study for you!

In physics, we strive to understand the world all the way from the smallest scale at the level of fundamental particles to the largest scale of galaxies and beyond, from ultra-short time scales of electron dynamics to the cosmological ones of the evolution of the universe.

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences. It is used to study the structure of matter, space and time, the inter-relatedness between energy and forces, black holes and quarks, muscle dynamics and stock market behaviors, lasers and space travel, and numerous other topics. It allows us to reveal connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. The study of physics sparks the imagination to make important discoveries in a plethora of fields.

Physicists are especially versatile in solving problems, such as in pioneering novel methods of harnessing energy or in developing new medical diagnostic instrumentation. In astronomy, which is a branch of physics, we study the entire extent of the universe beyond our planet. Space-based telescopes and other modern astronomical instrumentation have enabled the study of distant objects in the universe, including exoplanets.

Physicists and astronomers are employed in tech-based industry, manufacturing, universities, national and government laboratories, observatories, science museums, and by defense contractors.

Examples of industrial jobs include those in the semiconductor and electronics sector, a wide range of engineering fields (electrical, mechanical, civil, etc.), the communications industry, medical diagnostics and instrumentation, petroleum exploration and refining, biotechnology, the finance sector, and the pharmaceuticals industry. Data show that physics graduates make salaries that are comparable to those of engineers and computer scientists.

Our physics degree program is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in physics with specialization in astronomy and astrophysics, materials science, or physics education.