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Physics & Astronomy

Do you ever wonder about the fundamental laws of nature, about space and time, black holes or the origin of the universe? Would you like to learn about crazy new materials, or get involved in cutting-edge research that may open the doors to entirely new technologies? If so, then you should consider majoring in Physics & Astronomy.

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UTSA’s Physics & Astronomy Program

UTSA offers two pathways to a Physics degree, a B.A. or B.S. You can also earn a Minor in Physics and/or in Astronomy. The programs offer a complete curriculum of advanced courses such as Classical Mechanics and Statistical Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, Astrophysics and Space Physics, as well as advanced electives in a variety of topics. The degrees provide opportunities for several career fields, but the B.S. is recommended if you’re planning to pursue graduate studies in physics or related subjects.

Academic Information:

College

College of Sciences

Department

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Degrees Offered

Careers in Physics

Top job titles for Physics graduates include:

• Financial Quantitative Analyst
• Optical Laser Engineer
• Physicist
• Physical Science
• Physical Geoscience Technician

Physics and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Physics-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Physics Graduates

Physics is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of physics-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Depository Credit Intermediation
• National Security
• Scientific Research
• Employment Services
• Insurance Carriers
• Government
• Higher Education

Salaries for Physics Graduates

The salary range for open physics-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $54,603
median $95,213
top 10% $124,122

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Physics Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Physics graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Physics may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You like being challenged
• You are a good planner
• You are detail oriented


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