What is physics?
In short, physics is the study of the physical phenomena that we observe in the universe. It is frequently divided into five subject areas: classical (Newtonian) mechanics, quantum mechanics, electricity & magnetism, modern physics, and thermodynamics & statistical mechanics. In physics, we study such things as the motion of a baseball as it is flying out of a park, the amount of energy contained in a lightning flash, how to detect the presence of planets orbiting distant stars, how to convert light to electricity, how time and space are intertwined with one another, and much more.
What types of courses will I take if I major in physics?
What can I do with a physics degree?
Students completing the coursework required for a Bachelor of Science degree in physics are well prepared to pursue careers in industry, government, and professional practice in law, medicine, and business administration. Also, students may choose to pursue a graduate degree in a physics, engineering, or applied physics field. See our careers page for additional information.
I’m a high school student interested in physics. What classes should I take while in high school to prepare myself for these programs?
All the math and science you can take, specifically as many of the following that are available to you: physics, chemistry, calculus, pre-calculus, and trigonometry or advanced math. Of course, not all high schools are able to offer all of these courses to their students, so we would simply suggest that you take as many of these as you can.