What is physics?

Physics is the science of matter and energy, ranging from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies in the universe. Exploring ideas of space, time, matter, energy and radiation, it serves as the basis for the physical sciences. Modern society is influenced by physics in countless ways, including recent developments in such fields as laser optics, miniature electronics, nuclear energy and medical instrumentation. Astronomy applies the ideas of physics to the study of planets, stars, galaxies and all celestial phenomena within reach of our telescopes.

Why should I consider majoring in physics?

Graduates with a degree in physics learn how to solve quantitative problems and find relationships between physical factors. Physics majors can organize, analyze and interpret scientific data. They develop knowledge of natural laws and of optical, mechanical and electrical data. They are also able to effectively research, gather information and adapt ideas.

What interests and values are related to physics?

Physics students usually desire to obtain knowledge about humans' physical environment and solve the mysteries of the universe. They enjoy designing projects and experiments then analyzing and sharing experimental data. Physics students usually like working with optical, electronic and computational equipment also.

What career fields are related to physics?

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry/Physics & Molecular Biology
  • Biological & Physical Sciences
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Geological & Geophysical Engineering
  • Jr High/Middle School Teacher Education
  • Physical Science Technology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
  • Science Teacher Education

How can I learn more about physics?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Physical Science & Engineering Academic Discovery Center

Location: Austin 106C

Phone: 208-496-9880

Email: CPSEacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu