Physics and Astronomy - B.S.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

23b6ee152e01828a52d8f928c4ca52a9822247b1_0.jpgThe Physics and Astronomy major combines the fundamental study of physics with observational astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to current astronomical and astrophysical problems and on individual research. At the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Georgia, we prepare our students for careers in today's technological society in a number of ways. First, we offer a curriculum of physics courses that provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of physics and supply a foundation for further study in almost any science discipline. Second, we emphasize problem solving techniques, which are valuable in any career, in both our lecture and laboratory courses. Finally, we work with you to help tailor your program to match your post-baccalaureate career plans. We offer major programs in Physics as well as in Physics and Astronomy, and each major program has an associated minor program. Double-major programs are also available.

Academics

What you will learn: 

At the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Georgia, we prepare our students for careers in today's technological society in a number of ways. First, we offer a curriculum of physics courses that provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of physics and supply a foundation for further study in almost any science discipline. Second, we emphasize problem solving techniques, which are valuable in any career, in both our lecture and laboratory courses. Finally, we work with you to help tailor your program to match your post-baccalaureate career plans. We offer major programs in Physics as well as in Physics and Astronomy, and each major program has an associated minor program. Double-major programs are also available.

Beyond the Classroom

Featured Research Labs/Research Areas: 
Dedicated to the development of techniques to solve problems which are intractable to current analytical theory
Developing new materials and devices at nanometer scales to address emerging research and developing needs.
Research primarily focuses on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
General Research Information: 

Some specific areas of research are:

  • Binary and Variable Stars

  • Stellar Ages and Constraints on Planet Formation

  • Clouds of Cold Gas in the Galaxy

  • Atomic and Molecular Calculations with Astrophysical Applications

  • Hot Gas in our Galaxy

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$170,200
Low Salary: 
$51,700
Median Salary: 
$110,400
Employers: 

Possible Employers

 

  • Adaptive Aerospace, LLC
  • Ahlberg Engineering, Inc.
  • Aircraft & Instrument Industries
  • AT&T Labs Organization
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Center for Remote Sensing
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of the Navy
  • Google Fiber Location
  • Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace
  • HP-Intelligent Infrastructure Lab
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Msrcosmos LLC
  • Mauna Kea Observatories
  • NASA Goddard (GSFC)
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • National Air and Space
  • National Science Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest Nat. Lab.
  • Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium
  • Raytheon Aerospace Systems
  • Sensing Systems R&D Lab
  • SAIC
  • TriQuint Semiconductor
  • TSYS
  • Science Systems & Applications, Inc.
  • Swales Aerospace
  • TRW Space and Electronics Group
     
Possible Job Titles: 

 

  • Aerospace Testing
  • Health Physicist
  • Astronomer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Molecular Physicist
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Nuclear Plant Manager
  • Cardiac Imaging Researcher
  • Optical Devices Designer
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Optical Physicist
  • Engineer
  • Particle Physicist
  • Fluid Physicist
  • NASA Aerospace Manager
  • Geophysicist
  • Condensed matter physicists
  • Plasma physicists
  • Satellite Data Analyst
  • Space Missions Planner
  • Science Teacher
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Seismologist
  • Solid State Physicist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Astronomy Professor
  • Technical Consultant