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1. 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.

2. What types of courses will I take if I major in Physics?

The required and elective courses for the B.S. Physics degree can be seen here. Not included on this list are the 36 hours of Mississippi College’s Core Curriculum that are also required.

3. What can I do with a Physics degree?

Students completing the coursework required for a B.S. 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.

4. What is Engineering Physics?

The undergraduate program of Engineering Physics at Mississippi College is an applied physics program that combines the theoretical approach of a traditional physics, chemistry, and mathematics program with electrical and mechanical engineering applications.

5. What types of courses will I take if I major in Engineering Physics?

The required and elective courses for the B.S. Engineering Physics degree can be seen here. Not included on this list are the 36 hours of Mississippi College’s Core Curriculum that are also required.

6. What can I do with an Engineering Physics degree?

Students completing the coursework required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics are well prepared to pursue careers in industry, government, and professional practice in law, medicine, and business administration. Additionally, due to the program's emphasis in many of the core areas of physics and engineering, students may choose to pursue graduate studies in either discipline. See our Careers page for additional information.

7. Can I become a licensed professional engineer with an Engineering Physics degree?

Yes. In the state of Mississippi, you can become a licensed professional engineer with a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Mississippi College if you obtain a graduate degree in an engineering discipline from an institution with a curriculum that is ABET accredited at the undergraduate level.

8. I’m a high school student interested in Physics and Engineering 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/ 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.

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