Physicists attempt to discover the ultimate constituents of matter and the nature of their interactions. We use a few basic physical principals, along with imagination and creativity, to construct models (theories) which we then use to make predictions about the behavior of the physical universe. We test these models by observation and experimentation.
The physics major introduces students to the foundational theories of physics—classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics—and to the ways physicists “do” physics, using theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches.
Students who major in physics can go directly to a job in industry, government or the non-profit sector, or can continue their education with a master’s or Ph.D. in engineering, physics, or astronomy.
Recent physics graduates are pursuing graduate degrees in physics, astronomy, engineering or computer science at Stony Brook University, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota, University of Utah, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University.