Physicists seek to discover and understand the laws of nature at their deepest level. They try to develop mathematical models of the natural world, from the smallest quark to the universe itself. As a profession, physics encompasses many technical fields, from acoustics, astrophysics, optics and nuclear physics, to laser physics, medical physics and condensed matter physics. Many physicists work in governmental, university or industrial research laboratories. Others teach in high schools, colleges or universities. Still others can be found in the petroleum industry, NASA, hospitals, electric power plants, the military and managerial positions of business and government.

Stevie Carnell
My professors made a point to talk to me about other things, such as my interests and hobbies. That investment in me was a big help in my time at Samford. Stevie Carnell-Ph.D. candidate, University of Florida

Samford University's Physics Department offers a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor of science degree in either physics or engineering physics. A minor in physics is also available, as are pre-professional degree programs. The curriculum is composed of classic physics courses presented in a modern, technological setting. They include General Physics, Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Modern Physics, Optics, Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics, and Nuclear Physics. Small class sizes guarantee individual attention for each student.

Physics majors may join in the research being done by the physics faculty, or they may apply for summer research positions at other universities. Laboratory assistantships are also available for a variety of classes taught during Samford's fall, spring and summer terms.


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