If you have an interest in a successful career in physics, engineering, mathematics, teaching high school physics or related fields, UC’s physics program is a great place to start.
The physics faculty is committed to providing the solid foundation that is integral to achieving these goals. You will have opportunities to cultivate critical thinking skills; to apply physical principles; to develop skills in experimental physics; and to extend your mathematical prowess. As you develop these cognitive skills, the program also encourages you to recognize your professional and ethical responsibilities to society.
As a physics student, you’ll have access to high quality equipment for problem solving, computation and data acquisition. The department maintains accessible computers in both the mathematics tutoring laboratory and the physics laboratory. The physics laboratories are equipped to help students learn both at the introductory and advanced levels. Student experiments range from the traditional “inclined plane” to sophisticated computer data acquisition systems.
The success of the program is evident in the numerous alumni who have pursued advanced degrees in physics, statistics or engineering, as well as alumni who have entered directly into the workplace.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
Physicists are problem solvers and this goes well beyond just being able to solve a “word problem” from a textbook. Physics majors develop critical and creative thinking skills that help them to design experiments, organize and interpret scientific data, apply mathematical reasoning, utilize computers, and communicate their results effectively. Because of this background, physicists find jobs in a wide variety of exciting and rewarding careers. In fact, many graduates with physics majors are referred to as “hidden physicists” because their job titles do not reflect their academic training. They are educators, medical specialists, industrial engineers, computer analysts, financial analysts, and the list goes on.
To be more specific, physics graduates from UC are employed in diverse careers. There are those that continued their studies of physics in graduate school and have become professors and researchers in both academics and industry. Others have become physics teachers in high schools where they have been successful both in preparing their students and encouraging them to study more physics. Numerous physics graduates have become engineers (industrial, mechanical, civil, electrical, aerospace, etc.) by continuing their education at an engineering school. In addition to these traditional careers for physics, our graduates have become financial analysts in the banking industry, industrial statisticians, managers within telecommunications companies, medical physicists, health physicists, military officers assigned to technical fields such as missile material management and logistics, computer programmers/managers, and educators in related fields such as mathematics and chemistry. We even have a couple of graduates who continued their religious education at seminaries.
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