Why Physics?

If you haven’t chosen a major yet, let us tell you why a physics degree might be the perfect way to engage with science and learn about our world.

What Will Physics Classes Do For Me? 

Our physics programs are designed for your success and highest good. When you take a physics class, you’re learning more than mere facts. You’re strategically engaging with science in such a way as to launch you into a brighter future.  

Physics expands your understanding of the world. When you take physics classes, you learn to: 

  • Think critically and use appropriate concepts to analyze qualitative problems or situations involving physics.
  • Use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physics.
  • Collect and analyze data and to prepare coherent reports of your laboratory findings.
  • Recognize scientists' ethical and professional responsibilities and make informed judgments that consider the impact of scientific work within global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.

What Does My Physics Major Provide? 

A degree in physics provides a meaningful and useful understanding of the most foundational science. Upon completion of your physics major, you will be able to:  

  • Use appropriate computing tools to solve problems encountered in course work or in supervised study.
  • Synthesize appropriate theoretical physics concepts and mathematical methods from different courses in the solution of problems.
  • Design and carry out experimental investigations, analyze data with appropriate treatment of errors and uncertainties, and form conclusions based on the data and analysis.
  • Discuss orally or in writing ethical issues that relate to physics including issues of environmental sustainability in the physical world. 

Additionally, if you assist with a faculty research project, you'll be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a literature search, make use of appropriate computational or laboratory skills, and make an effective written or oral presentation of the results of the project.