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Majoring in Physics

Traditionally, many physics undergraduate majors continue in graduate school in pursuit of Ph.D. degrees. Students who complete a physics major also enter a variety of other fields, including among many others, archaeology, astronomy, biology, mathematics, computer science, high school teaching, law, medicine, environmental sciences, operations research, technical sales, industrial management, engineering and oceanography.

Because physicists are scientific generalists, undergraduate work in physics followed by specialization in other areas has become one of the preferred preparations for many activities that are setting new directions in society. The requirements for major in physics are relatively flexible, and are designed to prepare people for either graduate work in physics or for later specialization in other areas.

At W&M, we have two concentrations for physics majors: