The Physics program at High Point University is founded on the principle that the first day of your first year at HPU is the beginning of your career as a scientist. Your principal objective as a scientist is to seek answers to interesting questions. Your principal objective as a student is to learn the tools required for inquiry—problem solving, fundamental physics, experimental methods, computational modeling and computer programming, mathematics, and communication. When you graduate from High Point University with a degree in physics, you will have the skills, passion, and confidence of a scientist who is prepared for a career in a technical field or graduate study in any related scientific, engineering, or professional discipline.
Your classes, laboratory experiences, and independent undergraduate research projects will help you develop a scientific skill set with expertise in:
• Experimental design and data analysis
• Problem solving and analytical reasoning
• Electronics and instrumentation
• Computational modeling
• Computer programming in a variety of languages including Python, LabView, Java, and MATLAB
• Undergraduate research with faculty mentors
• Preparation of scientific articles, proposals, and posters in LaTeX
• Oral presentations of research results
• Fundamental theoretical physics in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistical Mechanics/ Thermodynamics
Upon graduation you will be well-prepared for a wide variety of pursuits. If you choose graduate school, an undergraduate degree in physics is excellent preparation for graduate studies in a number of fields including astronomy, earth and atmospheric science, biophysics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering, to name just a few.
If you are looking to enter the workforce right after graduation, your degree will open up a range of possibilities. Physics graduates work in such diverse fields as engineering, computer or information systems, medical technology, technical writing, finance, and education.
Depending on your interests, you may want to consider double-majoring while at HPU. For example, if you want to go into biophysics, you should take courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and general biology, for example. If you want to go into high-performance computing or do computational physics, consider double-majoring in computer science. If theory is your thing, then double major in mathematics.
Graduate school in physics is NOT your only option. You should consider master’s programs in engineering and technology, a career as a computer programmer or engineer, a career in high school teaching, or a Ph.D. in astronomy, for example. Your skillset will open up the possibilities to numerous options.
For those wishing to go to graduate school in physics, our program will prepare you with the skills needed for independent research.
Students will be advised in electing additional courses that will complement their career goals.