College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Physics and Engineering Physics?
Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature and their applications to everything from subatomic particles to galaxies. Typical subjects of study include atomic and molecular physics, lasers and optics, electricity and magnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics, biophysics, and materials physics. Technical and theoretical developments in fields such as medicine, engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, ecology, geology, biology, and chemistry evolve from physics research. Specific examples of technology developed by physicists include transistors, microprocessors, lasers, carbon nanotubes, and magnetic resonance imaging. The degrees offered in the Department of Physics include a Bachelor of Science in physics, which maximizes course work in science and mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in physics, which encourages a broad liberal education (often students working towards this degree desire teacher certification), and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics, which allows students to combine their physics studies with significant course work in engineering. Engineering physics students may also elect to participate in the 3-2 engineering program wherein students earn both a Miami degree and a professional engineering degree from another institution. A minor in physics is also available.
An interest in learning about our physical environment, synthesizing and summarizing experimental data, designing projects, and working with electronic, optical, and computational equipment.
- Mathematical Problem Solving
- Performing calculations
Clarifying problems and comparing factors
Solving quantitative problems
- Developing and writing research proposals
Reviewing relevant literature
Summarizing research findings
Organizing and presenting data
Preparing technical reports
- Theory development
Testing an idea/hypothesis
Designing research projects
Experimenting with ideas/procedures/projects
Seeing relationships between factors
- Using computer technology
Knowledge of mechanical, electrical
and optical equipment
Developing computer interfacing
— Condensed matter
— Particles and fields
- Physics/Computer Science
- Systems analyst
Systems support representative
- Biomedical technician
- Geophysical surveyor
- Related Fields
- Congressional researcher
Educational television producer
High school teacher
Sales representative — technical products
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Opportunities for graduate study include such fields as physics, mathematics, astrophysics, biophysics, space science, geophysics, engineering (nuclear, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, optical, etc.), oceanography, business administration, law, and medicine.
Opportunities - Experiential
Independent study or research with a faculty member in an area of special interest, and involvement with the Astronomy Club and the Society of Physics Students organizations.
- Department of Physics (133 Culler Hall, 529-5625)
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* Career Opportunities
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Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.