Physicists are scientific generalists that study the nature of the universe. A background in physics can inform the study of other disciplines, and is one of the preferred preparations for many activities that are setting new directions in society. The department offers several courses for non-science majors to provide some of this background. The physics department also coordinates the combined degree in engineering.
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. A pre-med track is recommended to students planning to attend medical school after graduation. A new Engineering Physics and Applied Design (EPAD) track provides a more opportunities for practical problem solving and engineering design.