Please visit the Physics major page for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.

Field of Study: Physics is concerned with the most basic principles that underlie phenomena in the universe. Physicists ask: “How do things work?” Physicists seek understanding of the behavior of collections of particles ranging from quarks in nuclei and electrons in atoms to stars in galaxies; they strive for insights into the nature of space and time; and they explore the behavior of matter and energy.

Post-Graduate Occupations of Past Physics Majors

  • Computer Engineers
  • Researchers
  • Software Developers
  • Policymakers
  • Professors
  • Consultants

Professional Associations

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Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Seek internship experience in your specialty area
  • Stay aware of environmental regulations
  • Consider a graduate degree for additional opportunities
  • Supplement your major with other coursework of interest
  • Develop strong writing skills for preparation of scientific reports
  • Seek undergraduate research opportunities
  • Develop a specialty area
  • Develop strong mathematical and computer science skills
  • Complete applicable licensure

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