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What can I do with a degree in Physics?

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The Mission of the Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers a spectrum of courses reflective of both the integral character of physics in the liberal arts curriculum and its essential role in engineering and technology, and which recognize that the discipline of physics is fundamental to the understanding of all natural phenomena. The courses offered have been designed to:

  • Assist students in satisfying the general education requirement.
  • Support the preparation of students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Prepare students for graduate study in physics.

Although the Department has a multipurpose role in the curriculum of the College, the primary objective is to prepare students for graduate study and ultimately successful careers in physics. The Department recognizes and accepts its responsibility to address the under representation of African-Americans in science and engineering. Historically, this has been and remains a foremost responsibility in our program.

The Department offers programs of study in physics, applied physics, and a dual degree engineering program. The majors in physics and applied physics lead to the bachelor of science degree in these disciplines and the dual degree engineering program leads to a bachelor of science degree in a n engineering field and a bachelors degree from Morehouse in a field dependent on the choice made by the student. Although the focus of the physics and the applied physics program is preparation for graduate study in these fields, these programs provide excellent preparation for engineering.

Job Types:

Acoustical Physics
  • Development 
  • Testing 
  • Consulting 
  • Administration 
  • Education

Ways to Prepare:

  • Supplement program with courses in engineering, environmental science, urban planning, remote sensing, physiology, performing arts, audio broadcasting, speech communication, film production, or other areas of interest. 
  • Seek internship experience in your specialty area. 
  • Stay abreast of federal, state, and local environmental regulations for the environmental impact positions. 
  • Become familiar with technologies used to measure/monitor noise levels. 
  • Obtain a graduate degree for additional opportunities in industry and education.

Where to find them:

  • Colleges and universities 
  • Military 
  • Government laboratories 
  • Industry e.g., electronics, building design, medical instrumentation, communications, engineering, noise pollution, petroleum, sound recording, film production
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Additional Information

  • Physicists are interested in solving complex, technical problems. 
  • Visit government laboratories or research centers to learn more about opportunities in the field. Schedule informational interviews to learn about the profession and specific career paths. 
  • Join relevant professional associations. Attend meetings and stay up-to-date on research/publications. 
  • Acquire excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Gain experience using scientific instruments and equipment. Computer skills are critical. 
  • Participate in summer research institutes. Submit research to local poster competitions or research symposiums. 
  • A willingness to relocate is helpful due to limited opportunities in specialized areas. 
  • A bachelor’s degree will qualify for positions as research assistants, high-level technicians, or computer specialists, as well as nontechnical work in publishing or sales. 
  • An undergraduate degree also provides a solid background for pursuing advanced degrees in other employment areas such as law, business, or accounting. 
  • A graduate degree and post-graduate experience will allow for more responsibility and advancement in the field of physics. 
  • An earned doctorate is required for college or university teaching, advanced research, and administrative positions. 
  • A bachelor’s degree and state teacher certification are required for K-12 teaching opportunities. 
  • Become familiar with government job application process for positions in federal, state, or local government.