Physics (PHYS)

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What is Physics?

According to the University of Arkansas, "The Department of Physics offers two undergraduate majors, one leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a second leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.

Physicists ask questions and try to find answers to almost everything. If you have wondered about rainbows, thunderstorms, why stars shine, the colors of beetles, why curve balls curve, how the universe began, or how quarks and leptons interact - if you like to explore and figure out why things are the way they are - you might want to become a physicist.

The Bachelor of Science degree program is designed for students interested in professional employment or who want to pursue graduate work in physics or closely related fields such as astronomy, engineering, laser technology, or computational science. It offers the option of one of seven concentrations.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program provides a broad background in the physics and technology of today and tomorrow. Training in physics provides students with a unique background, the usefulness of which transcends the boundaries of the professional disciplines.

In our increasingly technological society, scientific literacy is ever more important for the successful employee. Physics, the most fundamental science, gives students the fascination of studying the deepest principles of the universe while preparing them for a wide range of practical employment."

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Related Skills

Investigation Communication Computation Technical
Define Research Problems Develop & Write Research Proposals Measure Distances/Relationships Design Equipment
Develop Research Models Review Scientific Communication Perform Calculations Identify/Classify Materials
Establish Hypotheses Summarize Research Findings Mathematical Modeling Observe Data
Gather/Analyze Data Inform, Explain, Instruct Maintain records Establish Experimental Designs
Evaluate Ideas Prepare Technical Reports Utilize Math Formulas Use Instruments
See Relationships Among Factors Draw Meaningful Conclusions Understand Concepts Utilize Concepts

Job & Internship Search Links

Physical Science Jobs in the Federal Government

Physics Today Jobs

Physics World

Science Careers

Science Next Wave

Teaching Jobs in the United States

TIPTOP Jobs - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

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American Institute of Physics

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Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

Professional Association Links

American Astronomical Society

American Physical Society


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Professional Science Masters

Miscellaneous Links

Physics Central

Physics World