1. Major
    1. Physics
    2. Applied and Theoretical Physics Concentration
    3. Astronomy and Astrophysics Concentration
    4. Optics Concentration
    5. Engineering Physics Concentration
    6. Secondary Education (Class B) Certification
  2. Minor
    1. Physics
    2. Astronomy and Astrophysics
    3. Optics
  3. 5-Year B.S./M.S. (JUMP) Program

Is Physics Right for Me?

Physics might be for you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  1. Am I interested in discovering how and why things work?
  2. Am I more interested in discovering how the same idea can explain a variety of different devices or problems rather than just a single one?
  3. Am I more interested in finding exact quantitative explanations rather than being satisfied with generalities?
  4. Am I interested in the big questions?

Why Would I Want to Major in Physics?

  • It's interesting and exciting. Physics truly is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects one can study. Discoveries from physics have revolutionized the world and will certainly continue to do so. The area of physics cover such intriguing topics as lasers, superconductors, black holes, quantum computers, big bang theory, relativity, and the list goes on and on. It also covers more basic but still fascinating topics such as why the sky is blue, why sunsets are red, and why ice floats. In short, physicists are explorers trying to understand the world around them.
  • It's a versatile major. Physics majors can go on to careers in computer science, engineering, research and development, biology, and...
  • Adaptability. A degree in physics is for students who want a broad-based physical science education. Physics students receive training in problem solving skills that are universal and indispensable, making the students highly adaptive and able to learn new technologies as they are developed.
  • Medicine. Yes, medicine. Physics majors, along with biotech majors, have the highest MCAT scores! Physics majors also have the second highest LSAT scores.
  • The Physics reputation. Physics majors have a reputation for solid mathematical skills, strong problem solving ability, and good work ethic.
  • Skills. Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical and "soft" skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places. You can find physicists in industrial and government labs, on college campuses, in the astronaut corps, and consulting on TV shows. In addition, many physics grads work at newspapers and magazines, in government, and even on Wall Street—places where their ability to think analytically is a great asset.
  • Salaries. Physics majors are near the top in terms of average salary.
  • Job Satisfaction. Physics majors have high level of private sector and government job satisfaction.
  • A valuable resource you should consult is the AIP Statistical Research Center, which contains a trove of data on employment and other items for all levels of physics degrees.

Don't Want to Major in Physics?

You can still minor in it!