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Physics is the fundamental science that reduces our knowledge of the world about us to a more orderly and satisfying form. It is also successfully applied to solving problems of practical importance to mankind. Modern technology depends heavily upon physics, and technological progress follows advances in physics and the other basic sciences. The interest of physicists extends from the vast world of stars and galaxies to the minute world of atoms and elementary particles. Physicists did the pioneering work in the discovery and development of electrical and nuclear power, communication systems, solid state devices and integrated circuits, computers, jet propulsion, and interplanetary space navigation. They continue to search for more discoveries that will benefit society.

In addition to receiving a solid background in your physics courses of physical and mathematical principles, you will be allowed to choose technical elective courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering physics, environmental science, geoscience, mathematics and remote sensing. This will give you a versatile bachelor of science degree that will allow you to look for a job or a course of graduate study in a number of disciplines related to physics and engineering.


High School Preparation for Physics Major

To prepare for a physics major, students should plan ahead by taking necessary preparatory courses in high school. Students should complete four years of mathematics that includes trigonometry and an introduction to calculus. Four years of science, which includes both chemistry and physics, is also highly recommended. A strong background in English is essential.

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