Bachelor of Science in Physics
Physicists lead the research that is driving the technological revolution, from lasers and medical imaging to radio astronomy and supercomputers. Using a logical approach, they explore the basic principles that make our physical universe work. Physicists design and perform experiments with lasers, cyclotrons, telescopes, mass spectrometers, and other cutting-edge equipment. Employing observation and analysis, they attempt to discover the laws that describe the forces of nature, such as gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. They also find ways to apply physical laws and theories in fields that affect us all - nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communications, aerospace technology, and medical instrumentation.
Physicists require a strong background in both science and mathematics, the ability to approach concepts both theoretically and practically, and top-notch problem-solving skills. Research and development work is an integral part of most physicists' responsibilities. Some perform basic research to increase scientific knowledge; others conduct applied research with the goal of creating new devices, products, and processes. For instance, basic research in solid-state physics led to the development of transistors and then to the integrated circuits used in computers.
While most physicists work in research and development or for the federal government, some may find work in quality control, inspection, testing, or other production-related fields. Those who hold a bachelor's degree are often employed as research assistants or technicians and work in a wide variety of scientific fields. They may set up computer networks and laboratory equipment, teach science in secondary schools, or even take on nontraditional roles, such as systems analysts or database administrators. Graduates may also qualify for positions related to engineering, mathematics, and computer science.
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