Physics is a science concerned with understanding the fundamental laws of nature. It explains physical phenomena in everyday life, such as motion, heat, electricity, magnetism and light. It studies the origin of the universe, the behavior of atoms and subatomic particles, and everything in between. Physics is the foundation of all fields of science and engineering.

Your Future Opportunities

Many physicists are engaged in some form of basic or applied research. Their work may involve planning and conducting experiments, and the analysis and interpretation of data.  

Careers in this field

  • Accelerator Operator
  • Applications Engineer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Technical Specialist

Find more career paths in physics and astronomy 

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Physics program is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.