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Physics is one of the oldest natural sciences, intersecting areas of mathematics, technology and even philosophy. The study of physics not only seeks to unlock the underlying laws of the universe, but also leads to breakthroughs with real-world application. A vast discipline with loose boundaries encompassing a number of fields and subfields, physics is a critical piece of the interdisciplinary solutions necessary to tackle the major problems of today.
In the Department of Physics at Ohio State, our faculty and students explore a number of dynamic subfields including Astrophysics; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Experiment and Theory; Biophysics; Condensed Matter Experiment and Theory; High Energy Experiment and Theory; Nuclear Experiment and Theory; and Physics Education.
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A degree in physics gives you a broad range of skills to pursue a wide variety of careers. It is particularly good preparation for work in any technical area, but many students use their critical reasoning skills to explore such diverse areas as business or law.
All physics and engineering physics students take the same core physics courses. Courses beyond the core are tailored to individual programs. Recent Ohio State graduates have chosen many different careers, including physics, engineering, financial analysis, law, medicine, secondary education and more. Others choose to pursue a PhD in physics, which gives them top consideration for research and college-level teaching positions.
Incoming physics majors are encouraged to take Physics 1250H during their first term at Ohio State. This course is an in depth study of classical mechanics including Newton's laws, conservation laws, and introduction to special relativity. Students are encouraged to speak to a physics advisor if they'd like to discuss their eligibility for this course.
The Department of Physics offers both honors and traditional versions of Quantum Mechanics. The Honors Quantum Mechanics course is a rigorous course recommended for students who are intending graduate study in physics and who have a strong interest in quantum mechanics. This is a yearlong sequence.
The Honors Electricity & Magnetism course is a rigorous course recommended for students who are intending graduate study in physics and who have a strong interest in E&M. This is a year long sequence.
During their senior year, students in the program will take an Advanced Physics Laboratory course in which they will choose three classical experiments to carry out. These experiments include the Milikin oil drop, muon lifetime, double-slit, and more. Emphasis is on experimental techniques, analysis of collected data, and formal presentation of experimental results.
The Undergraduate High Energy Physics Journal Club provides a forum for undergraduates to become more familiar with the techniques, theory, and issues in current high energy physics research. Every month, one member of the club presents on a relevant paper in high energy physics - the paper is provided for all members to read in advance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.