School of Humanities and Sciences
Develop an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe, and a strong foundation of mathematical, analytical, laboratory, and written communication skills.
What You'll Study
You'll develop an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe, and a strong foundation of mathematical, analytical, laboratory, and written communication skills. Specifically, you'll gain a thorough quantitative and conceptual understanding of the core areas of physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics, at a level compatible with admission to graduate programs in physics at peer institutions. The goal is to develop both quantitative problem solving skills and the ability to conceive experiments and analyze and interpret data. You will also have an opportunity for learning through research. You will be prepared not only for graduate work in physics, but also for careers in fields that benefit from quantitative and analytical thinking, including physics, engineering, teaching, medicine, law, science writing, and science policy, in government or the private sector. In some cases, the path to this career will be through an advanced degree in physics or a professional program.
If you want to study Astrophysics, you will either major in Physics with a Concentration in Astronomy, or simply minor in Astronomy in conjunction with a different major. There are also many opportunities for student research in this area.
- Physics Department main page
- Physics Undergraduate page, including Astronomy
- Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
- School of Humanities & Sciences
- Learn more about Physics in the Stanford Bulletin
- See IntroSems Related to this Major
Quantum Information: Visions and Emerging Technologies
Stars and Planets in a Habitable Universe
The Origin and Development of the Cosmos
Vector and Mathematical Analysis for Mechanics