The Physics major at Cornell is a flexible and intellectually stimulating program designed to accommodate the needs of students with a wide spectrum of backgrounds, interests and career goals. The analytical and problem solving skills developed in the course of earning a physics degree have enabled past graduates from Cornell's Physics Department to excel in careers such as academic/industrial research, engineering, medicine, teaching, business, science policy, and law. The major consists of core courses spanning the field of physics, plus an area of concentration. A student interested in medicine might consider a Physics degree with a concentration in biology, or a student interested in energy policy might explore a Physics degree with a concentration in government. Students intending to attend physics graduate school would typically concentrate in physics. Physics majors interested in K-12 education can obtain teaching certification by concentrating in education and then completing a one-year masters of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree. Roughly half of our graduates immediately enter the workforce, while the other half seek higher degrees -- completing 1 year Masters of Engineering programs, multi- year science/engineering PhD programs, or attending medical, law, or business schools. All Physics majors have the opportunity to participate in the department's extensive research, teaching and outreach programs.
- Physics of Musical Sound
- Introduction to Special Relativity
- Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- Geometric Concepts in Physics
- Quantum Information Processing
Students went on to...
- Study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Become a financial analyst at Ernst & Young
- Become an associate engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory