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Physics

1. What is the Physics major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Physics resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Physics major?

1. What is the Physics major?

Physics, the most basic of the sciences, has intellectual and useful aspects. The intellectual component resides in our innate desire to understand the physical characteristics of our universe. The usefulness is evident everywhere in high-tech products and computerized communications. Productive citizens in this technological age have a liberal education which includes an under-standing of science. Many of the technological advances in our modern society flow directly from physics laboratories, such as, the many applications of lasers, or the possibility of high speed levitated trains relying on high temperature superconductors.

There are a variety of different opportunities for students majoring in physics. Research jobs are found in industrial laboratories, government laboratories, and universities. Teaching jobs are available at all levels of education, from middle school to the university. University physicists normally teach and do research with students.

The computer industry values the analytical and problem solving skills that physics majors bring. Computational physics is the fastest growing research area within the discipline of physics, and the skills acquired by physics majors in pursuing computational physics nicely complement the expertise they learn in computer science courses. Such students are finding rewarding careers in programming and systems design.

The physics major is also excellent preparation for students planning to enter science-related businesses, MBA school, medical school, or law school. Medical schools seek out students with majors in physics because of the high-tech nature of medical care. MBA schools consider a major in physics outstanding preparation for an understanding of manufacturing and the high-tech aspect of our economy.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Physics majors include:
Astronomer
Cardiac Imaging Researcher
Educator
Engineer
Hydrologist
Laboratory Technician
Nuclear Plant Manager
Operations Analyst
Optical Devices Designer
Physicist (various fields)
Physiognomist
Satellite Data Analyst
Seismologist
Stratigrapher

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Aptitude toward making critical observations; Proficiency at reading, writing, and speaking; Problem solving; Analytical thinking; Creative thinking; Ability to work toward deadlines; and able to successfully make decisions.

4. What Physics resources are available?

American Physical Society
American Institute of Physics
Biophysical Society
Optical Society of America
Physics Web

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Physics majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Physics major?

For more information about the Physics major, visit the WFU Department of Physics.