Physics and Astronomy

Why a Degree in Physics and Astronomy?

Physics is the science that has as its objective the formulation and verification of laws or relationships among the different physical quantities. Some of the most important of these quantities are mass, time, length, force, energy, momentum, electric charge, electric field strength, entropy and wavelength. These quantities and the relations among them, which we call laws, have been found to serve in and to explain a wide range of phenomena such as occur in mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics and in such related subjects as engineering, biophysics, meteorology and geophysics. The department also offers a variety of courses in astronomy. These courses are designed to provide a good background in the related fields of mathematics and physics and to include a thorough preparation in astronomy and astrophysics. Physics graduates are employed in federal and state government agencies, universities, information technology, research and development, and engineering.

Sample Occupations

  • Scientific Research
  • Acoustic Physicist
  • Airport Operations
  • Ballistics Expert
  • Mathematician
  • Physicist 
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Computer Programmer

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