Frequently Asked Questions
What careers are available for Physics?
What is the purpose of a Physics degree?
Physics programs are primarily designed for students who have the ability and interest to eventually pursuing an advanced degree in engineering, physics, medicine, law, dentistry,etc. Math requirements are similar to engineering with courses through at least Differential Equations. Since Physics degrees are designed to train future graduate students, the average student must be stronger than the average engineering student and physics programs are generally much smaller than engineering programs which are designed for students who plan to be employed at the BS level. Physics students who decide to stop at the BS level usually find employment in industry is positions similar to engineering and computer science majors and are usually called engineers or computer programmers.
Over 50% of all physics students nationwide get advanced degrees with 100% of Tarleton physics majors obtaining paid graduate fellowships over the past decade. After graduate school, Physicsists usually find employment doing in basic research at a national lab or university, working on applied research in industry or working in upper management in high tech companies. Physicsists who work in industry usually will have a title based upon the job without "physics" in it. As basic researchers, Physicsists are interested in the finding out how the laws of nature work that have large ramifications on society rather than developing a specific product or tool. Physicsists often make the first device like the first NMR, laser, accelerator, transistor, radar, etc. BS level engineers will then implement these devices into mainstream society.