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Why Physics?

To satisfy your curiosity about the Universe, to start a career (including medicine, law, and computers) in a world dependent on technology, for fun, for a solid background for teaching, to be able to make better decisions about technology, either for business or as a citizen, and for important problem-solving skills. Physics is a broad preparation for a variety of careers where science has an impact.

Samantha Usman '16 in front of a computer cluster

A deep understanding of the makeup of the world around you and how that world works provides a foundation to succeed in a technology-infused world. When studying physics, you learn how we understand the universe at its largest (astronomical) scales and at the smallest scales (atoms and subnuclear particles.) You learn how to study problems from the scientific viewpoint, using experiment, simulation, and analytical tools. With a solid physics background you can make informed decisions on the impact of science on your life and your community. You will have the background to work in state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with advanced instrumentation.


The Physics Department at Syracuse University offers degree programs for students with a wide range of interest and intensity, including the Physics Minor, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science: Biological and Medical programs. Students majoring in physics have close contact with a distinguished faculty as a matter of course, along with the chance to participate in a variety of active and exciting research groups. Physics courses required for majors are available as small classes taught by the faculty; advisors for physics majors are experienced faculty from the department. Physics courses are designed to develop many skills: problem-solving abilities, electronics, working in small groups in the laboratory or on projects, computation, and many others.

For more thoughts on why Physics may be the right choice for you, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.