Physics and Astronomy

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About this program

A program that focuses on the scientific study of the theories that explain the fundamental structure of our world and the universe and which draws from physics and astronomy. Includes instruction in astronomy, calculus, cosmology, differential equations, electricity, magnetism, data analysis, physics, quantum mechanics, space science, spectroscopy, and thermal physics.

Career Opportunities

Physics Professors

teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$101290
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Earth, Marine and Space Professors

teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$104710
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Astronomers

Laurence Jones from
1 reviews
observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
$126250
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match


Physicists

Jed Macosko, PhD from Wake Forest Univerisity
1 reviews
conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
$137700
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Natural Sciences Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
$154930
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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