Physics – The Foundation for Everything
Physics can be considered the most fundamental of sciences, because, ultimately, all natural laws are laws of physics. By studying how fundamental principles can be applied to produce new insights, physics majors become near-universal problem solvers.
What Will I Learn?
The fundamental areas of physics are
- Mechanics: The study of forces, particles and their interactions. The foundation for phenomena such as stability of buildings and jet propulsion.
- Electrodynamics: The study of electromagnetic fields. The foundation for wireless communication.
- Quantum mechanics: The study of the amazing world at the nanoscale and beyond. The final frontier for computer design and approaches to computing.
- Relativity: The study of gravity and particles at high speeds. The new frontier for study of the early universe.
Active areas of research include computer simulations of solid-state and polymer systems, nuclear theory, experimental atomic and molecular physics, optics and computational ocean acoustics. Undergraduates will participate in a research project as part of the curriculum.
Mike Vera, Advisor to the Society of Physics Students
Our chapter of the Society of Physics Students regularly visits local schools and presents science demonstrations intended to excite interest in science among younger students. Members also participate in regional meetings and travel to sites of scientific interest.
- Computer hardware and software
- Erica Bloor, 2013,
Astrophysics Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Florida State University
- Andrew Giovengo, 2017,
Geographic Data Scientist, Oak Ridge National Lab
- W. Tyler McCleery, 2010,
Postdoctoral Researcher at John Innes Center, Norwich, UK
- Kileigh Petrus, 2009,
Therapeutic Medical Physicist at Texas Oncology, Dallas, TX