Why Physics?

why physics?


Physics has become more than the basic science that brings us closest to comprehending the universe and the laws of nature.  It is also the foundation for a technological economy built on lasers, fiber optics, semiconductor devices, advanced materials, and a vast array of other innovations.  This means that an education in physics gives you the chance to help construct the future while gaining a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Our physics students go on to do research, engineering, and systems development in industry or to study advanced physics, materials science or engineering in graduate school.  Some have received degrees in medicine, which increasingly depends on applied physics.  In other fields as well, knowledge of physical principles and a command of scientific thinking have become essential.  Business and government demand analysts and managers to master complex systems and solve profound problems from telecommunications to global warming.  At the heart of such processes are the principles of physics.

The physics curriculum is an opportunity to learn the power of scientific thinking, to build a respect for evidence, and to see the consistency of natural laws.  Physics students hone their scientific knowledge and mathematical skills as a basis for many diverse endeavors.  Our B.S., B.A., and M.S. programs are designed to prepare students to meet these challenges.

Our graduates master techniques that let them attack meaningful problems in pure or applied physics.  They work with contemporary research-grade equipment to learn experimental data analysis and build their computational and laboratory capabilities.  We expect our graduates to communicate effectively with other students and professionals and to work effectively as members of a team.

The B.S. program imparts these strengths at a level expected for technical or professional responsibility in industrial, academic, or governmental positions.  Graduates of the B.A. program can contribute sound scientific perspectives wherever the impact of physics and technology is felt.