- Preparation for advanced study (Ph.D.) toward a career as an academic or research physicist in a specific field such as particle physics or astrophysics, among many others.
- A very flexible entry into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career where a deep understanding of the laws of physics is needed.
- The ability to move across disciplines into areas where synthetic problem solving and scientific expertise is required, such as medical technology, patent law, financial modeling and governmental science policy.
Students can further choose to focus their studies by choosing a Concentration for their Bachelor of Science degree, which builds on the research strengths of the department faculty in close one-on-one activities and undergraduate research opportunities. A student declaring a concentration in one of the following areas must take two specific upper division electives, and will have advanced laboratory and senior thesis work related to the topic of their concentration.
At present, three Concentrations are available:
- Computational Physics: using supercomputers to simulate the physics of complex phenomena.
- Astrophysics: the study of planets, stars, galaxies and the large scale structure of the universe.
- Mathematical Physics: the interface of Math and Physics (for the theoretically inclined).