Overview: Physics students have a strong interest in mathematics, computers, and science along with a desire to understand how the universe works. They are interested in questions such as "Why do elementary particles behave the way they do?" or "What is the nature of light?" or "How did the universe begin, and what will eventually happen to it?" Some of our students pursue double majors in mathematics, computer science, or an engineering field.
Curriculum: The bachelor of science degree from Parks College stresses physics and its applications in areas such as engineering, computers and the sciences and also includes opportunities to participate in faculty research.
Faculty: The faculty of the Physics program is dedicated to aiding students in their pursuit, enriching their teaching with first-hand experience in research and the workforce.
Internships: The Physics department employs some of its majors as teaching and research assistants during the summer. Students have held summer internships at NASA-Langley, the Argonne National Laboratory, and other laboratories. They have worked both during the summer and during the year at local industries such as Boeing (formerly McDonnell-Douglas) and Anheuser-Busch. Numerous opportunities exist for summer research in basic and applied physics in national laboratories and in National Science Foundation sponsored programs at universities throughout the United States.
Careers: Graduates with bachelor's degrees in physics enter a variety of careers that depend on technical skills they have gained in college. They are employed in product development and quality control in large industries such as RCA, Boeing, or Lockheed-Martin. They are computer specialists at Anheuser-Busch and other companies. Some are now involved in the marketing of technical products, while others are in management positions. A few graduates have entered military careers. Students frequently earn double majors, combining physics with mathematics, computer science, or engineering.
Approximately one-third of Physics students go to top graduate schools in physics or in other fields such as materials science, applied mathematics, or biomedical engineering. Students initially study physics to learn the secrets of the universe, but they later find that a physics degree opens the door to a wide range of careers.