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  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 if 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 covers 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 more.
  • 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.

Don't Want to Major in Physics?

You can still minor in it!