Physics is the study of the natural world and all its phenomena at the most fundamental level. The field of physics includes a broad range of sub-specialties, such as the study of subatomic particles, the study of the properties of nuclei, atoms, macroscopic systems, as well as the study of the structure and origin of the universe itself.
The BS program serves two purposes. First, it gives strong preparation for those wishing to attend graduate school in physics or related disciplines. Second, the BS program is recommended for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor's degree. The BA program is designed for those who are planning for a non-research career in a field which nevertheless has an important science component. Examples include patent law, environmental law enforcement, medicine or sales or management in a high-technology industry.
Individuals with a degree in physics make careers in the electronics and telecommunications industry, the computer and software engineering industry, and the laser and optical physics industry, as well as in teaching. Often students with bachelor's degrees in physics secure employment in nuclear medicine, diagnostic imaging, the pharmaceutical industry and other related fields. Students may also choose to pursue graduate degrees, concentrating on a particular sub-field within the discipline.
The physics program includes a two-semester introductory sequence in classical physics and three semesters of calculus. This is followed by intermediate level courses in computational physics, mathematical physics, electricity and magnetism, and introductory modern physics. Advanced courses in mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, experimental physics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics follow. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are also available.
PREPARATION for pursuing a degree in physics at Temple University should include four years of high school mathematics and one year of physics. While still in high school, students should acquire as much experience with computers as possible.
Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski
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