Why study physics at CMU?
CMU offers a rigorous physics program that promotes thoughtful inquiry and will prepare you for graduate studies or a physics-related career. Consider these key features of this program:
- CMU's new supercomputer runs 30 times faster than computers on any other Michigan university campus
- CMU is among eight universities and six laboratories nationally that are part of a $15 million, five-year project to gain new insights into the physics of atomic nuclei
- Brooks Hall Astronomical Observatory
- Professional development through organizations such as the Society of Physics Students
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:
- Competition for jobs is expected, but graduates with a physics or astronomy degree at any level will find their knowledge of science and mathematics useful for many other occupations.
- Persons with a bachelor's degree in physics or astronomy may qualify for a wide range of positions related to engineering, mathematics, computer science, and environmental science; and, for those with the appropriate background, some nonscience fields, such as finance.
- Those who meet state certification requirements can become high school physics teachers, an occupation in strong demand in many districts.
Graduates of the physics program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.
- College or University Professor
- Environmental Scientist
- High School Science Teacher
- Laboratory Assistant
- Labor Relations Specialist
- Technical Writer
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
University Physics I
University Physics II
University Physics Laboratory I
University Physics Laboratory II
Introduction to Modern Physics
University Physics Laboratory III
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Introductory Quantum Theory
Senior Physics Project
Select courses having as prerequisite a course in the required major sequence.