You may be asking yourself: "Is DU a good place for me? If I study physics/astronomy at DU, what career possibilities might be open for me?" DU and particularly our department will give you a chance to work individually with our faculty in classrooms and laboratories from the first day. Our small classes, excellent courses, and individualized advising will prepare you for the next step in your career. Undergraduate majors get hands-on experience doing research with our faculty members; see our Student Research page for highlights. In addition, each of our physics BS students completes a senior thesis. Our department is friendly and welcoming; students work closely with one another and enjoy a variety of educational and social activities through the Society of Physics Students.
The future with a physics and astronomy degree
Why study physics? A degree in physics and astronomy will give you general scientific knowledge and a superior set of problem-solving skills, which will keep you nimble and flexible in today's fast-changing working environment. The study of physics and astronomy develops an important range of skills, including sophisticated mathematical reasoning to analyze physical systems and the ability to use many different laboratory instruments. Furthermore, modern computational techniques are a part of instruction from the beginning of undergraduate study.
Those with bachelor's or master's degrees can continue in medicine or law; work in industrial or governmental research laboratories (often utilizing research and data analysis skills); teach at the elementary, secondary, or community college levels, join planetarium and museum staffs; become science journalists or public policy advisers; work independently in financial, management, or information technology consulting; and much more! Those with doctorates are prepared to begin to take leadership roles in basic or applied research. Nearly all physics and astronomy faculty at universities and four-year colleges hold the doctoral degree.
The American Physical Society has more excellent information about career options for physics majors.