As a physics major, the whole universe is your arena for study! Physics describes the behavior of matter and energy in nature, and it is the basis of all other science and engineering fields. By researching the natural laws of the universe, you’ll be prepared for a rich future of scientific exploration.
The physics program at UND is strongly committed to providing exceptional classroom instruction, hands-on learning experiences in modern laboratory facilities, and fostering close relationships between students and faculty. Several different emphasis tracks are available for the physics degree, such as:
- Computers in Physics
- Core Physics
- Materials Science
Whether you’re looking for a solid career base or an opportunity to conduct your own research, the Department of Physics and Astrophysics provides a host of experiences to help you succeed:
- Guest Colloquia: You'll have the chance to gather with fellow physics students and hear interesting lectures from a number of researchers as part of the Department of Physics and Astrophysics colloquium series.
- Research Opportunities: As a physics student, your research experience may range from examining atoms on surfaces using a scanning tunneling microscope and an atomic force microscope to exploring the night sky with the 20-inch Martens-Kraus Telescope. The Department has numerous major research equipment including a four-anvil pressure cell, electron and X-ray diffraction equipment and an AUGER electron spectrometer. You may be involved in undergraduate research at UND as well as at national facilities such as Los Alamos, Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
- Social Activities: The Physics and Astrophysics Department hosts regular meetings of the Society of Physics Students, Northern Sky Astronomical Society and the Frozen Fury Rocket Team. Public outreach activities include astronomy talks, telescope observing events and the annual celebration of Physics Day.
With the problem-solving skills you acquire while studying physics at UND, it’s no wonder that our majors are able to find jobs in a wide range of different settings well beyond the traditional boundaries of physics. Some of the professions/occupations physics graduates go into are:
- Professional Physicists (high-tech companies, government laboratories, defense sector)
- Professors (2/4 year colleges and research universities)
- Medical Physicists
- Computer Programmers
- Medical Doctors
- Patent Lawyers
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Several hundred high school juniors and seniors from throughout the region took part in hands-on demonstrations at Physics Day.