About the Program
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful: he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. -Henri Poincare
A solid background in the fundamentals of theoretical physics and hands-on experience with the latest in data-acquisition and data-analysis instrumentation -- these form the backbone of the physics major.
Physics careers in industry and academia can emphasize optics, electronics, thermodynamics, nuclear, and solid-state physics. In addition a physics major leads naturally to research and industry positions in nuclear, mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineering and the emerging fields of biophysics and nanotechnology. Another career option is to teach high school physics, and inspire a new generation of physicists.
Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change... Engineers operate at the interface between science and society... - Dean Gordon Brown