Physics is a fundamental experimental science encompassing concepts such as light, motion, nuclei, electromagnetism and atoms, etc. Knowing physics allows us to explain real-life situations happening in the world, from why bending over to lift a heavy object can injure your back, why Earth’s climate is changing. Physics uses qualitative (basic laws and principles) and quantitative (mathematical equations) explanations to describe the natural phenomena of small atoms, subatomic particles, nanostructures, very large planets, galaxies, plasmas, superconductivity and black holes.
Simply speaking Physics is the servant of all sciences, because it is the foundation of all the other science disciplines such as engineering, medicine, material science, electronics, atmospheric sciences and chemistry, etc. In addition to that, it finds application in many technical fields, such as optics, scientific instrumentation, biology and medicine.
Opportunities in Physics
A degree in Physics equips students with strong thinking power, problem-solving, mathematical, experimental research and computational skills. These skills help physicsstudents to secure their employment in any field such as research, engineering, medical physics, biophysics and of course nonscience jobs such as business as well as enter graduate programs in physics, chemistry, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering and planetary science.
A minor in Physics will be a great option for a major in chemistry, geology, mathematics, biology or environmental sciences.
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