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Prospective Physics Majors

Prospective Physics Majors

UK's Department of Physics & Astronomy offers Physics majors all the resources of an internationally recognized Faculty combined with the advantages of a small, select program. Because of our low student-faculty ratio, Physics Majors receive an unparalleled degree of personal attention from faculty, in small upper division classes covering all major branches of Physics & Astronomy, and through numerous research opportunities.

In the liberal arts tradition, the UK Physics curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of career and educational interests, including preparation for medical school, engineering graduate school, work in computer science or information technology, and further study of physics or astronomy (see Where Can Physics & Astronomy Take Me?). UK Physics majors develop the problem-solving and analytic skills that many employers value, allowing many of our graduates to enter the workforce directly, while some of our graduates continue their studies with graduate work in physics or related areas.

An active chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is open to all students interested in physics, and also assists with study sessions for many physics classes. SPS is a social and academic club where students gather for monthly Cosmic Lunches, weekly colloquium discussions, and other events such as trips to national laboratories, game nights, and Open Lab Day. Students are encouraged to stop by the SPS club room, CP-171, and check out the current calendar!

Follow the links at the left for more detailed information about any of these topics, scholarships available to Physics majors, and major and minor requirements.