Career Information and Further Study
With this program, a graduate can pursue a research career in the traditional areas of physics (for example, in condensed matter physics or particle physics), but with a strong emphasis on computation. Graduates who pursue teaching careers in physics
find that they are well prepared to use computers in the classroom and the teaching laboratory, and to develop physics educational software. Graduates can also play an important role in the development of virtual universities
and the technology needed to facilitate distance learning. This degree also makes it possible to pursue employment in firms that develop scientific software, as well as computer games. Even Wall Street employers are
interested in people with a background in computational physics.
Approximately 75% of our physics majors go on to graduate school, mostly in physics, but a significant number go into other areas such as law, medicine, biophysics, and medical physics. Our students regularly
are admitted to outstanding graduate schools such as Princeton, Cornell, University of Chicago, MIT, and UB.