Topics of Study
In this program, you will study science of matter and energy and basic laws which govern their behavior. You will learn about classical physics, such as mechanics, thermal physics, optics, electricity, and magnetism. You will study modern physics, learn about electrons, photons, atoms, molecules and solids, and study their behaviors. You will study quantum mechanics, looking at electromagnetic waves and energy levels. Later, you may study more advanced theoretical topics; take more education courses; or take courses in solid state physics.
- A bachelor's degree is usually required to work in entry-level occupations in research organizations.
- A doctoral degree is needed to work in pure research, extending the basic knowledge of our universe, or applied research, developing new products.
- Persons planning to teach in college also need a doctoral degree. Individuals with a degree in this major may also find work in fields such as business, industry, education, research, publishing, and government.