We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we
know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge
can give so much power. Bertand Russell (1872-1970)
The Physics Department offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in
Physics with the choice of two options. The department also
offers a minor in physics.
The Option in Professional Physics has two advising patterns. The Advanced
Study pattern is the traditional B.S. program designed to prepare students
for graduate study or for professional careers in government or industry.
The Applied Optics pattern is designed to prepare students for careers
in optics and telecommunications.
The Option in General Physics is designed to prepare students for teaching
secondary school physics, with additional subject matter breadth across
all sciences. This option fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject
Teaching Credenital in Science with a Concentration in Physics and a supplementary
authorization in a second science. This option is also for students who
are interested in physics-related interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics,
geophysics, atmospheric sciences, physical oceanography, health physics,
or environmental science.
The physics minor greatly strengthens the preparation of students majoring
in mathematics, engineering, computer science, chemistry, geosciences,
biology, and other fields
of science or technology. It is particularly
important for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in physical
chemistry, geophysics, biophysics, or medical physics.
Students in such fields as mathematics, chemistry, engineering, or computer
science may wish to consider physics as a second major. These fields are
very compatible with physics, and some course work will satisfy the requirements
for both majors.
Special facilities available include laboratories for modern optics, X-ray
diffraction and fluorescence, gamma ray spectroscopy, superconductivity,
and nuclear physics.
While graduate work is necessary for entry into some physics-related careers,
physicists with the baccalaureate enjoy excellent employment opportunities
in a wide variety of areas including optics and telecommunications, space,
defense, energy, and environmental science.
Physicists are also employed in research and development projects involving
electronic systems and devices, optics, computers, nuclear reactors, microwaves,
and vacuum systems. Others find employment in such diverse fields
investigation or public health.
At the present time there is a huge demand for high school science teachers.
The Option in General Physics
is the ideal preparation for such a career.
In addition to consulting faculty, students with career-related questions
are encouraged to visit the Offices of Advising and Orientation and Counseling
and Career Planning. These offices provide assistance with exploration
of life goals, academic and career planning, and information on occupations
related to majors as well as job market and placement trends.