Physics

Reaching for the stars — or figuring out how to get there or what they’re made of — begins with a degree in physics.

If you want to study the tiniest particles known to man or take on the mysteries of the universe, a degree in physics is your first step. Physics stresses logical, analytical thinking that can be applied to the understanding of basic natural phenomena and to the solution of practical problems, requiring strong mathematical skills and the ability to reason quantitatively and qualitatively. With that knowledge, you’ll be ready to launch a career in such fields as astronomy, biophysics or geophysics. And if you want to parlay your physics education into a career in engineering, we have a unique program with three top engineering schools that will prepare you to start building bridges, creating life-saving medical equipment or designing industrial robots.

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Quick Facts

  • Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena, from microscopic particles of which all ordinary matter is made to the behavior of the universe as a whole.
  • Light from the earth reaches the moon in about 1.26 seconds.
  • The highest honor presented to physicists is the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded since 1901 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Possible Careers

  • Expert in testing and tracking space satellites for NASA
  • Nuclear physicist at the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Radiation physicist at a top teaching hospital