Physicists explore the fundamental properties, laws, and structure of all forms of matter—living and non-living. They examine the relationships among space, time, matter, and energy using powerful mathematical models and advanced experimental techniques. Studies range from the smallest subatomic elementary particles to galaxies forming the universe. Physicists apply these techniques to a wide range of technical and non-technical areas from leading teams to develop new complex systems which combine electrical and mechanical requirements to data science and quantitative financial analysis.

Careers

  • Researcher
  • Data scientist
  • Test and systems engineer
  • Laser engineer
  • Physicist
  • Technical manager
  • Physical scientist
  • Professor

What you’ll study

Offering a flexible, real-world approach, the physics undergraduate program prepares you for careers in physics research, engineering and applied physics, computer applications, secondary school teaching, or biomedical sciences.

The program has a core curriculum and you may choose from five emphasis areas:

  • Professional physics
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Teaching
  • Computation

You will learn how to construct predictive mathematical and numeric models of the physical world, and how to connect these models to observations, including experience with data analysis and synthesis. These core skills open opportunities in research, data science, and emerging fields.

In a fundamental course called Methods of Experimental Physics, you will learn to use equipment, design and construct experiments, and present your results in a professional format. You are also encouraged to participate in research, either independently or as part of one of the department’s research groups. Many research opportunities are paid.