Physics seeks to understand the fundamental workings of nature, from the constituents of matter deep within the nuclei of atoms, to the most distant galaxies of our expanding universe, to everyday phenomena of emergent complexity, self-organization and chaos. The resulting basic physical knowledge provides a firm foundation for innovations and is often the driving force of advanced technology. Lasers, compact disks, global positioning devices, magnetic resonance imaging machines and gigabit storage media were all made possible by key advances in physics. Physicists have a curiosity that thrives on the challenge of solving problems. Consistent with this, the physics program at Texas A&M strives to teach analytical thinking and quantitative problem-solving skills. This enables students to work productively in physics, in areas closely related to physics, and in a wide variety of areas outside of physics proper. Physicists can be found in almost any discipline that requires complex problem-solving skills. Some engage in cutting-edge research to increase our basic knowledge of the universe. Some apply new-found knowledge to make practical advances in the fields of science, medical science and engineering. Still others use their knowledge to advocate, advise, inform, instruct and administrate as lawyers, consultants, journalists/writers, teachers and managers.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two undergraduate degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS).
The BA curriculum provides the student with a firm foundation in physics and with the flexibility to choose from a large number of elective courses, thus permitting the student to explore other interests. Except for those students pursuing teacher certification, some of these elective courses are chosen to satisfy the requirements of a minor field of study.
The BS curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements and is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting.
What do you want to do with Physics?
Astronomer, Biophysicist, Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Consultant, Design Engineer, Geophysicist, Medical Physicist, Nuclear Physicist, Professor, Project Manager, Radiologist, R&D Physicist, System Analyst, Systems Developer, Technical Sales, and more.
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