Traditionally, many physics undergraduates continue on to graduate school in pursuit of Ph.D. degrees in physics or related sciences. Students who complete a physics major may also enter a variety of other fields, including 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 a major or minor in physics are relatively flexible, and are designed to prepare people for either graduate work in physics or for later specialization in other areas.
The detailed and formal statements are given in the Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Catalog.
The department offers courses in core physics and topical areas of interest. All majors will conduct a senior or honors research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. The physics department offers an REU program and further encourages students to pursue undergraduate Research Opportunities during the course of their study.
We have an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students.