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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.

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