For Prospective Students
- Physics graduates often receive some of the top starting salaries after graduating from college ;
- Physics majors score amongst the best on entrance exams to medical and law schools;
- There is a critical need for physical oceanographers; and,
- You can take physics courses as early as freshman year.
- If you are planning to take the calculus sequence, MAT 161-162, you should consider taking PHY 201-202
We encourage you to take physics classes early and to become aware of the benefits of graduating with a degree in physics.
Physics graduates don't always do physics. In fact, the majority go to other fields. The most marketable skills that physics majors have are their analytical and problem solving skills. This allows them to go on enter careers such as engineering, business, management, finance, law, and computer science. Knowledge of the fundamentals of physics also allows one to go into fields such as medicine, bio-physics, or patent law.
Students with a bachelor's degree in physics often receive top starting salaries after graduating from college.
A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers of starting salaries offered by campus recruiters shows physics graduates can expect a starting salary between $46,000 and $58,000 per year. This generally exceeds the starting salaries of graduates in most other science fields. The mean starting salary for a physicist is higher that of graduates who majored in chemistry, psychology or biology. Graduates with physics degrees also tend to outpace other fields outside of the sciences, including those graduating with degrees in marketing, accounting and even finance.