Physics FAQ

Who can I contact for more information?

Please feel free to contact one of our academic advisors or faculty members!

How do I apply to GMU

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What is Physics and how it’s important in daily life?

  • Physics is the study and application of the fundamental laws of nature on all size scales from the infinitesimally small to the entire universe and on all time scales from the beginning of time to the far distant future. It describes how the physical world works. Other sciences build on physics, which is the most fundamental of all sciences. Physicists investigate the fundamental laws of nature or make use of what we already know about the physical world to design, develop, and evaluate new products and technologies. A physics degree opens an astonishing variety of career possibilities.

What special skills or abilities are needed to succeed in this major?

  • The potential to development advanced mathematical and logical skills is essential, and strong physical intuition and geometrical sense are very helpful.

If both B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered, what are the differences in career/graduate school opportunities?

  • Only the BS degree is offered

Is it possible to minor in Physics?

  • Yes. To find out more about a minor in Physics please visit the Physics Minor page.

Why Should I study Physics?

  • The study of physics develops an important range of skills, including sophisticated mathematical reasoning to analyze physical systems and the ability to use many different laboratory instruments.
  • A degree in Physics can open many doors to you in a variety of exciting and rewarding areas. Such areas can include occupations in technology based industries such as finding new methods to create renewable energy.
  • The department also offers a Renewable Energy Minor.

What are recent graduates doing?

  • A Physics degree opens an astonishing variety of career possibilities. Many recent graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees in Physics or related fields. Graduates have found employment in a wide variety of fields. The Washington D.C. metropolitan area has a high concentration of high technology companies and federal government agencies that employ physicists. Fields open to Physics graduates include education, research, medicine, engineering, space and earth sciences, law, consulting, environmental science, publishing/journalism, communications, and manufacturing.

What are some occupations related to the Physics major?

  • Physicist
  • Oceanographer
  • Medical Imaging
  • Engineer Intergrated
  • Circuit Designer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Physical Science Technician
  • Technical Writer
  • Physical Science Teacher
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Environmental Physicist
  • Web Developer

What are some organizations that typically hire Physics Graduates?

  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Systems Research & Application Corp
  • National Inst. for Standards & Technology
  • NASA
  • Hunter Labs
  • Performance Engineering Corp.
  • National Weather Service
  • Science Applications International Corp.
  • Logicon, Inc.
  • Metron, Inc.