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Physics focuses on the study of matter and energy, and the properties and interactions of time, matter, energy, and space. Some of the subjects studied in physics include mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, fluids, and particles. Physics governs the world around us, and as such, can be applied to everything from developing a computer game and designing headphones to treating cancer through radiotherapy and enabling wireless technologies.

As a physics major, you will develop quantitative, problem-solving, analytical, organization, laboratory, presentation, and report writing skills. Because physics has applications in many sectors, including engineering, healthcare, and technology, the career options are wide-ranging: researcher, medical physicist, astronomer, technical consultant, systems or data analyst, lab technician or manager, design or product engineer, technical writing specialist, and teacher/college professor.

The Department of Physics offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Physics students also have a unique opportunity to gain work experience in an industrial or governmental physics laboratory. To learn more, visit: Cooperative Education.

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