Why Physics?

Physics is the broadest of the natural sciences, and more than any other, seeks to explain the nature of the universe.  Physics is the discipline that investigates the inner workings of the world in which we live and seeks to understand the properties and interactions of atoms, nuclei and the fundamental particles of the Universe.  It deals with the forces that govern the history and the future of the Universe, from the time of its birth to its ultimate fate.  And, on a more practical scale, physics helps us understand the workings of the human body, the properties of engineering materials, and the most efficient uses of energy.  Whatever the question, it is likely that physics holds the answer. 

Physics at King’s

Students majoring in Physics at King’s will be prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of careers.  The physics major curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the four fundamental areas of physics – mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum physics – while allowing students to choose elective courses to prepare them for graduate or professional programs, engineering programs, or industry.  While at King’s, students are also strongly encouraged to participate in faculty projects on original physics research.  The undergraduate research experience provides a distinct advantage when entering the workforce or graduate school.

The combination of a strong liberal arts education and a solid core of physics courses provides King’s physics graduates with key attributes desired by employers: the ability to analyze and solve complicated problems, experience with computers and an understanding of modern technology, an ability to place physics in a global and cultural context, and the ability to effectively communicate essential knowledge in oral, written, and quantitative forms.  With this background, students with a degree in physics can find jobs in the private sector including jobs related to engineering, computer or information systems, in the government sector at national research labs, in the military, in the finance and banking industry, in the secondary education system, and in professional programs like medical school or law school.

Students who are interested in physics, but do not wish to fulfill the requirements for the major, can consider completing a minor in physics. This minor is open to students in all majors, but may be especially attractive to students in disciplines that have strong ties to physics, such as chemistry, mathematics, computer science and biology.

For non-science majors, the department offers a selection of Core courses which do not require an extensive background in mathematics.

Programs Offered

Compatible Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Business Administration
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  • Criminal Justice
  • Professional Writing
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