The Physics Major
Under the study of Physics, a student will take those courses in the sciences and mathematics that seek to impart a thorough understanding of fundamental physical phenomena and the ability to treat these phenomena in a mathematical context. The full laboratory program, complementing the classroom work, teaches laboratory techniques and the methods of experimental measurement, data reduction, and oral and written communication of results.
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Elementary Physics, Optics, Thermodynamics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Calculus, Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism
Course requirements for the Physics major
- Operating Scientific Equipment
- Writing Reports
- Gathering Information
- Scientific and Mathematical Aptitude
- Keen Power of Observation
- Attention to Detail
- Analyzing Data
- Computer Skills
- Logical and Critical Thinking
- Statistical Analysis
Outlook for Field
Physicists and astronomers can expect employment opportunities to grow 16 percent, faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2018. But they may face competition for basic research positions due to limited funding.
Nationally physics majors with bachelor’s degrees reported starting salaries of $52,487 in 2010. Starting salaries for operations research analysts were $45,820 with a median salary of $67,890 Starting salaries for secondary educators were about $37,701.
Possible Career Paths
Please note that list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.
- Research Technician
- Attorney, Technology Specialty
- Science/Technical Writer
- Computer Specialist
Employers of Carthage Graduates in this Major
- SC Johnson – Laboratory Technician
- Milwaukee PC – Computer Systems Technician
- Abbott Laboratories
- Westosha Central High School – Physics and Calculus Teacher
Carthage grads have pursued graduate studies in: Medicine