Physics forms a foundation for all other sciences. The training and knowledge gained in physics are also vital in several non-science related disciplines such as business and social work. Physics plays a key role in forming the basis of many high technology industries. A few of the many examples derived from these technologies in everyday life are: quartz crystal oscillators in watches; liquid crystal displays in calculators; magnetic memories for large scale computers; radiation-tolerant materials for space applications; new forms of lasers; thermometers and televisions; personal computers and word processors; compact disc players; microwave heating; holography-marked credit and security cards; supermarket laser bar-code scanners; compact cameras and camcorders; X-rays and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging in medicine; novel visualization and communication devices for the visually and aurally impaired.
The undergraduate degree programs offered by the Physics Department provides students with a thorough preparation in physics for any career. To satisfy the needs of science education students and to provide the general background in physics that should be part of a liberal education, the department offers a flexible sequence of courses and combined majors/minors. In addition to minor in physics for engineers, double majors are also available in physics and engineering, physical science program that is very popular with majors in education.
The modest number of required physics courses for the major also makes it possible to combine an emphasis in physics with a concentration in any of several other disciplines.
What can you do with training in physics? Imagine the possibilities.
From spandex to blackberries to bioinformatics to stock market to flight control to spintronics to wind energy, physicists can be found in nearly every job sector in some of the coolest and apparently most farfetched careers imaginable.
With a major in Physics you can be a Nuclear Scientist, Nuclear Engineer, Radiation Scientist, Health Physicist, Medical Doctor/Surgeon, Audio Specialist, Industrial Technologist/Engineer, Science Teacher in Schools and Community Colleges.
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