Why Physics? - Exactly!!
Physics is all about the "WHY." Physicists want to know why there is gravity. Why can't we turn off gravity like we do electricity so that we could launch rockets with less fuel and build larger buildings? Why can't we go back in time? Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? Why are some cancers resistant to radiation and others are not? What is Dark Matter? Why is it so pervasive throughout the universe? Why doesn't Dark Matter interact with light?
By trying to answer "Why," Physicists have discover knowledge that has changed other science and engineering fields. It has enabled Physicists to build the first integrated circuit, first transistor, first laser, first MRI, first x-ray machine, first SEM, and many other devices. Through their studies, Physics majors develop several other skills that are useful for employment in non-physics fields including programming, numerical literacy, creativity, and problem solving. If you are curious and love puzzles, physics might be the perfect major for you.
A BS in Physics is not only a gateway to a high paying career as a Physicists (the 19th highest paying occupation according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics), but it is also excellent preparation for a career in a wide range of other high paying occupations including 14 of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 20 highest paying occupations.
Some fields where a B.S. in Physics is excellent preparation include:
- Medical Physics
- Nuclear Engineering
- Financial Analyst (Quant)
- Software Analyst
Other Tarleton Physics Program Activities At Tarleton
In addition to offering one of the best equipped, strongest and most active physics programs of any undergraduate institution in the US, Tarleton's physics degree offers the undergraduate student:
- unique research opportunities
- unique physics and nuclear engineering courses
- unique degree plans
- freshman academic scholarships of up to $9000 a year
- junior college transfer scholarships of up to $10,000 a year
Since more Physics PhD's obtained their BS degree in Physics at an undergraduate institution than at a large research institution like UT or A&M and a physics education from Tarleton cost less than a degree from a private school, A&M or UT., a physics degree from Tarleton makes both academic and economical sense.
TARLETON PHYSICS PrOGRAM HAS REPEATEDLY RANKED IN TOP 5% OF U.S. PHYSICS PROGRAMS (TOP 2% IN 2012) ON SENIOR PHYSICS MAJOR PERFORMANCE ON NATIONAL PHYSICS FIELD OF STUDY EXAM
TarLETON Physics PROGRAM IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE TEXAS PHYSICS CONSORTIUM WHICH IS THE 3RD LARGEST PRODUCER OF UNDERGRADUATE PHYSICS MAJORS IN TEXAS!!
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One of the best equipped undergraduate programs in the US!!
- 32" Telescope
- Tandem Accelerator
- Electron Microscope
- X-ray Diffraction System
- Leybold CT System
- Laser Facility
Specialty tracks to match your career needs:
- Medical Physics - Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.
- High School Teaching - Math/Physics or Physics/Chemistry
- Nuclear Engineering/Nuclear Physics (Tarleton-Texas A&M Partnership)
- Classical Track - Get a Second Degree in Math, Computer Science, Chemistry, Business, etc. or Prepare for Law School
We offer our students courses not generally found at smaller institutions like:
- Computational Physics
- Medical Physics I & II
- Microwave Theory
- Nuclear Physics
- Solid State Physics
- Principles of Nuclear Engineering
- Nuclear Reactor Theory
- Graduate Quantum Mechanics
- Graduate Mechanics