Physics and Astronomy

Why Study Physics?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives.  And, studying physics equips a person with excellent problem solving and analytical skills – very desirable in the job market.

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.  It is the basis of many other sciences such as chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy.  Increasingly, physicists are turning their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry, and biology itself.  Even medicine has a niche for physicists; medical-physics is a rapidly growing discipline.

Physics supports new technologies. Cell phones, the Internet, and MRIs are only a few examples of the physics-based technological developments that have revolutionized our world. Many theoretical and experimental physicists work as engineers, and many electrical and mechanical engineers have physics degrees.

A physics education prepares a person to work in many different and interesting places; in industrial settings and government labs, or on college campuses.  Often, you will find physicists working in unconventional settings, such as at newspapers and magazines, in government,  or even in business —anyplace where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.

So—physics is interesting, it is relevant, and it can prepare you for great jobs in a wide variety of places. Shouldn’t you take a physics course this semester?

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