Majors > Physics
Physics is the study of nature, from subatomic particles to the grand scale of the universe. USAO’s physics curriculum provides the student with a solid foundation in the major disciplines of physics. In addition, the physics major acquires strong problem solving abilities, critical thinking skills, laboratory and computational savvy and a mathematical dexterity which allows graduates to pursue a variety of careers upon graduation or continue on to graduate or professional school. A bachelor of science in physics is not only an outstanding preparatory degree for graduate work in physics or engineering but, in many cases, qualfies the graduate for entry-level engineering jobs. The physics major consistently ranks near the top of starting salaries for new graduates.
Physics has laid the groundwork for many advanced industries including computers, telecommunications, aerospace, lasers, and medical diagnostics. Physicists investigate many of the latest discoveries such as massive neutrinos, blue semiconductor lasers, high temperature superconductors, black holes, and our expanding universe.
Physicists are involved in almost every aspect of our highly technical civilization. They do research in universities, military and government laboratories, teach in high schools and secondary educational institutions as well as work in high-tech industrial positions. Others go into law, finance, the medical profession and the publishing and film industries.
The major in physics requires strong scientific and mathematical proficiencies. Developing the discipline necessary to acquire these proficiencies is an excellent indicator of a students’ abilities to succeed in future careers.
Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.
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