Physics majors become astronauts, research scientists, engineers, applied mathematicians, environmental safety officers and software developers.
Outside of science and engineering, physicists secure careers in medicine, law, finance, journalism, education and public policy.
Internship opportunities include:
The active research groups are particle, nuclear and atomic, molecular and optical physics.
Research is done at the university and across the country at J.R.M. Lab at Kansas State University, Fermilab in Chicago, Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the Black Hills, Gran Sasso Laboratory (Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso) and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Physics students research and study away in:
- The United Kingdom — focusing on physics and math
- Budapest — for a semester
- Italy and South Dakota — researching astroparticle physics, dark matter and neutrinos
- Kansas — researching atomic, molecular and optical physics with lasers
- Upton, New York — researching high energy nuclear physics
Courses & Organizations
Upper-level physics courses include:
- Biological Physics
- Computational Physics
- Analytical Mechanics
- Statistical and Thermal Physics
- Electromagnetic Theory
- Quantum Mechanics
Physics students often participate in:
- Women in STEM
- Society of Physics Students