Physics majors at UCI are trained to think critically and be quantitative problem-solvers who can analyze data and test theories. Whether you plan on continuing your education after obtaining your Bachelor's Degree (such as pursuing a Master's or a Doctorate) or plan to join the workforce and pursue a successful career, the Physics degree can help you with that. The goal of the undergraduate major is to develop a broad understanding of physical principles. Our students pursue careers in industrial research, applications programming, education, law, or business, as well as graduate study in astronomy, biomedical physics, engineering, or physics.
One of the concentrations/specializations in Applied Physics, Biomedical Physics, Computational Physics, Philosophy of Physics, Physics Education, or Astrophysics can each help you focus your elective courses, especially in your last two years. It is also a great way to make yourself more desirable post-graduation.
The department offers an Honors Program for qualified students. This program involves honors level research and a written thesis, and is usually completed during the final year of study.
Many students find that combining their degree with a minor is the way to go. Popular choices include a minor in Mathematics, Information and Computer Sciences, Management, or Educational Studies. Many students choose to pursue a double major with one of the other sciences.
While studying at UCI, research, student tutoring, Astronomy Club, fieldwork, outreach, etc., are some of the things that our Physics students do outside of the classroom.
Please see an Academic Counselor today for more info on any of the above.