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OVERVIEW OF THE PHYSICS PROGRAM:
Physics is the study of matter and energy, and their interactions in the areas of mechanics, heat, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and atomic and sub-atomic world. Physics provides students with concepts and models for describing, understanding, and predicting many characteristics and phenomena of physical and biological systems. As such, it provides the foundation for many other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, engineering, and medicine.
TIPS FROM THE PROFS:
(from Dr. Michael Hencheck, Associate Professor)
The most valuable commodity that a college education gives you is not information, but SKILLS. Of course, there is a certain amount of knowledge your future employers want you to have, but what they really want to see is that you have developed the skills necessary to assimilate and react to new information as it arrives.
WHO SHOULD BE A PHYSICS MINOR:
A Physics minor is appropriate for students in any field that uses mathematical and quantitative skills.
The Physics minor is particularly good choice for students pursuing interdisciplinary majors in Environmental Science and Human Biology. It is also a good choice for students who plan to teach at the secondary level because there is a chronic shortage of qualified physics teachers.
SKILLS & ABILITIES GAINED WITH THIS MINOR:
Perhaps the most valuable skills you will sharpen through a minor in Physics are critical thinking and problem solving skills. A clearer understanding of the laws which govern the physical world and a better developed ability to mathematically model systems are secondary benefits.
Laboratory skills, applied math skills (quantitative ways to look at the physical world), insights into modeling, knowledge of instrumentation used in medicine/chemistry/biology, and the understanding of operation of devices are some of the skills gained with this minor.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE PHYSICS MINOR:
A minor in physics strengthens any degree which you obtain. It is indeed a valuable component of a basic Liberal Arts education and demonstrates to employers in all fields that you are able to think critically and analytically.
LINKS TO GRAD PROGRAMS FOR PHYSICS:
- Graduate School Guide. The comprehensive on-line guide to doctoral, masters, and professional programs. Homepage at http://www.schoolguides.com
- Gradschools.com. The most comprehensive online source of Graduate School Information. http://www.gradschools.com/
- Or you can try any of the following search engine sites for information on the graduate school program of your choice! http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.infoseek.com, or http://www.snap.com
LINKS TO WEB SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Institute of Physics. Promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. Homepage at http://www.aip.org/
- American Physical Society. Dedicated to the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. Homepage at http://www.aps.org/
- Department of Energy. A leading science and technology agency whose research supports our nation's energy security, national security, environmental quality, and contributes to a better quality of life. Homepage at http://home.doe.gov/
- American Astronomical Society. The major professional organization in North America for astronomers and other scientists and individuals interested in astronomy. Homepage at http://www.aas.org/
- Fermilab. A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory for research exploring the fundamental nature of matter and energy. Homepage at http://www.fnal.gov/
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Deeply committed to spreading the unique knowledge that flows from its aeronautics and space research. Homepage at http://www.nasa.gov/
LINKS FOR MORE HELP:
- Be sure to check out the Physics department home page at http://www.uwgb.edu/nas/
- For course listings and descriptions for PHYSICS and other disciplines, check out UW-Green Bay’s Programs of Study page at http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/undrgrad/programs.htm
- More help is available on-campus at the Career Services Office at SS 1600, 465-2163. Homepage at http://www.uwgb.edu/careers
- Contact Academic Advising at SS 1600, 465-2362. Homepage at http://www.uwgb.edu/advising
- Another service for UW System students on the Web is UW HELP On-Line. This service provides in-depth information on the programs of the UW System. You can find them at http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu