The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA or BS, as well as a MS and a PhD in Physics. Physics deals with the properties of matter and energy and includes: acoustics, atomic physics, cryogenics, electromagnetism, elementary particle physics, and thermodynamics. It is the branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter, and energy.
Sample of Related Skills
- Demonstrate understanding of scientific literature, such as journal articles and textbooks
- Demonstrate understanding of the general principles in physics and patterns in nature
- Integrate the scientific method in to problem solving and experimentation
- Apply the basic laws of physics in the areas of classical mechanics, Newtonian gravitation, special relativity, electromagnetism, geometrical and physical optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
- Apply basic mathematical tools commonly used in physics, including elementary probability theory, differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and linear algebra
- Use basic laboratory data analysis techniques, including distinguishing statistical and systematic errors, propagating errors, and representing data graphically
- Communicate verbally, graphically, and/or in writing the results of theoretical calculations and laboratory experiments in a clear and concise manner that incorporates stylistic conventions used by physicists worldwide
Popular Career Paths
Acoustics: Involves the study of the physical properties of sounds. This includes applying the skills obtained from degree in physics to the noise control of objects like vehicle tires as well as the architectural design of concert halls.
Cyrogenics: Includes the study of matter at temperatures much colder than those found on earth. Low temperature physicists are concerned with phenomena such as superfluidity and superconductivity.
Optics: Involves the study of light and electromagnetic radiation. This can be applied to life in many ways such as laser technology and fiber-optics.
Particle Physics: Entails the study of the most fundamental particles of which matter is made and is also referred to as high-energy physics. It is often considered the new frontier of theoretical physics and has many opportunities of study.
Rheology: Involves the application of physics to the study of the deformation and flow of matter.
Robotics: Includes the science and technology of robots, and their design, manufacture, and application. It also involves a daily focus in electronics, mechanics, and software.
Explore More Career Paths
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - professional organization career resource for physics majors interested in aerospace and astronautics
- American Institute of Physics - online federation of a multitude of organizations within the physical sciences
- American Physical Society - resource for students with informational about jobs as well as career guidance in the field of physics
- Careers in Physics - resource for some of the available career paths and subsequent job titles in the field of physics
- International Organization for Medical Physics - professional organization for those in the field of medical physics
- Institute of Physics - interactive career guide for those majoring in physics
- The Physics Careers Resource - general information regarding the field of physics as well as information for students
- Profiles of Physicists - list of interviews of physicists from a wide range of job titles and companies
- Society of Physics Students - professional student organization containing a wide variety of information including career resources
- Universe Today - general information regarding a career in the field of physics
- World Wide Learn - online resource with general information for anyone interested in pursuing a degree and subsequent career in physics
Jobs to Consider
- Laboratory Technician
- Patent Examiner
- Air Traffic Controller
- Audio Engineer
- Environmental Scientist
- Naval Architect
- Scientific Officer
Places to Seek Employment
- Federal Agencies
- Government Laboratories
- The United States Military
- Private Sector
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- High Schools
- Architectural Firms
- News Stations
- State and Local Governments
- Computer Companies
- Manufacturing Firm
- Patent Law Firms
- Oil Fields
- Power Plants
- Product Design Firms
Job and Internship Search Resources
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.