Program in Physics
Degrees and Programs
The Physics Program offers four degree options leading to a B.S. degree.
Students graduating with an engineering physics degree will be well qualified for jobs requiring highly technical skills that also require a good theoretical knowledge background. Those interested in employment immediately after graduation will have numerous alternatives for career choices. The degree program will also prepare students for graduate studies in the fields of physics and engineering.
Job opportunities for an engineering physics graduate can include employment in industries such as: McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, Texas Instruments, Honeywell, Microsoft, Polaroid, Union Carbide, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Entergy, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Dow Chemical, etc. Also, government agencies such as NASA, National Bureau of Standards, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, etc., provide additional employment opportunities for engineering physics graduates.
The physical science degree offers a program of study in which the student can select a major emphasis including general physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics). The curriculum is designed with flexibility so that students may prepare for a number of professions that require a broad general scientific background and technical skills.
A physicist combines logic, reasoning mathematics and natural laws with imagination and creativity in order to solve real-world problems and to investigate and quantify the unknown. The physics curriculum is designed to serve the needs of students in the fields of engineering, medicine, and other sciences where a strong background in experimental and theoretical physics are required. Students also go on to pursue graduate school in physics, astronomy, medical physics, and meteorology.
The nuclear physics curriculum is designed to provide a baccalaureate program for persons employed or seeking employment in the nuclear power industry. The program provides a firm theoretical foundation for entry as a nuclear power plant operator as well as the training needed to prepare for graduate studies in nuclear physics or nuclear engineering.