David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Why Physics?

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 skill set 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.

Economics of a Physics Degree (American Physical Society)
Careers Using Physics (Society of Physics Students)
Who is Hiring Physics Bachelor’s by State

Typical starting salaries for those with a degree in physics


Knowledge and skills used by physics bachelor’s in industry


Physics students’ experience in undergraduate research


MCAT and LSAT scores for physics majors

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