Physics is the study of the underlying properties of nature from the absolutely mind-bogglingly huge, like galactic superclusters, to the unimaginably small, like the fundamental constituents of matter. It is the foundation of every other science and is responsible for some of the greatest discoveries and inventions of our time, such as lasers, solar cells, and hybrid cars. A degree in physics teaches you the analytic problem solving and technical skills necessary to be competitive in today’s job marketplace, thus making you eligible for a wide variety of careers.
The APSU Physics program is one of the largest in the southeast, though we maintain an emphasis on small class sizes and personal interaction with the physics faculty. APSU Physics also has an excellent track record in getting students involved in research both at Austin Peay and at other institutions through summer Research Experience for Undergraduate programs. We also have over a 90% acceptance rate to graduate school for those who apply.
Physics is the “liberal arts” of the sciences – it is excellent preparation for a career in almost any field. (Did you know that physics majors score higher that any other traditional major on both the MCAT and the LSAT?). While some physics majors move directly into the workplace, most choose to specialize their knowledge in a master’s degree program. In the sciences, this can typically be done in just two years for little to no cost to the student. Here are a few of the graduate and/or career fields that APSU physics majors have gone into after graduation:
Dr. B. Alexander King III
Professor and Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN 37044
For more information about studying physics at APSU, follow this link to the Physics Department website.
Follow this link for a listing of possible careers for physics majors.