Why Study Physics
Training in physics emphasizes practical mathematical skills,
problem-solving techniques, and abstract analytical thinking. Physics is
used in the design and construction of everything from toasters to
super computers, from bridges to particle accelerators, from umbrellas
to medical imaging devices. No process, natural or man-made, can violate
the basic laws of nature. An understanding of these laws therefore is
crucial to both scientists and engineers.
Why Study Physics at Ship
Ship students get solid training in physics at Ship with 3 separate degree programs offered in the Department of Physics:
The university offers a comfortable learning atmosphere where the
emphasis is on quality teaching and student-faculty interaction. Small
class sizes (most physics lectures have less than 40 students, and the
maximum number of students in labs is 18) and a dedicated faculty
ensure quality. You will be treated as an individual and have plenty of
opportunities for face-to-face interaction with faculty.
The Department of Physics
also has a combined library/computer laboratory and a dedicated study
lounge for physics students. We encourage all our undergraduate students
to become fully involved in joint student-faculty research projects, a
privilege most universities reserve for graduate students.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Many physicists work in research laboratories in industry,
universities, and government, but that is only the beginning. Training
in physics emphasizes practical mathematical skills, problem-solving
techniques, and abstract analytical thinking. These skills are highly
valued in today’s fast-paced, technology-based world. A degree in
physics is a very good background for law school, medical school, and
business school and for graduate work in biophysics and medical
technology. Engineering, patent law, consulting, management and teaching
are just a few of the career options available to the physics graduate.
The average salary for physicists in PA is $68,000.