The Program of Study in Physics
The program of study in physics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree provides students
with the opportunity to pursue a major field of concentration in physics with the
necessary specialization to succeed in a wide array of post-baccalaureate opportunities.
The study of physics is a good choice for students desiring positions in industry that are on the cutting edge of engineering and science, as well as for students who wish to continue with Master and PhD programs. For example, physics researchers are investigating the fundamental nature of the proton, top quark and Higgs boson production, laser interactions with semiconductors, light on the 10-15 second time scale, quantum-enabled technologies, bioactive glasses, quantum materials, light-driven topological states of matter, novel magnetic excitations, and black holes.
The department research areas include Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO), Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, and Theoretical Particle Physics. These are keystones of technological and fundamental science progress. They also underlie all of engineering and are a useful second major for those pursuing degrees in mathematics, electrical or mechanical engineering technology. All of our physics students receive job offers that put them in the front lines of fascinating careers and maximize their earnings potential.