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Physics Program

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Students standing in front of the CERN sign
A student presenting her research
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A student standing in front of his research poster
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Faculty demonstrating how to use a telescope outside Science Center

NKU Physics Program

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and their fundamental interactions.  Physics describes the dynamics and structure of physical systems (ranging from subatomic particles to the entire universe).  Applications of physics have led to the development of new technologies at all levels.  


Career Paths of Physics Graduates from NKU

The NKU Physics program is a vibrant community of faculty and staff whose main objective is to prepare our students for a variety of careers in the field and related areas. We offer two physics majors (bachelor of arts, and bachelor of science), an engineering physics major, as well as a pre-engineering dual-degree option. We also offer a physics minor and an astronomy minor

Persons with bachelors degrees in physics are often hired for their problem solving skills and find careers in industry, government and education.  Recent NKU physics graduates have worked for companies in telecommunication, manufacturing, engineering and product research. About a third of NKU physics graduates continue their education after leaving NKU to become research physicists in specialized areas such as astrophysics, elementary particles & fields, nuclear physics, atomic, molecular & optical physics, plasma physics, biophysics, chemical physics, condensed matter physics, low temperature physics and others. 

Research physicists are working on controlled thermonuclear fusion, properties of subatomic particles, nanotechnology, dark matter/energy in the universe, etc.  Physicists who study the properties of matter in solid or liquid phases develope semiconductor and liquid crystal display devices that are common today.  Some physics graduates have chosen to further their education by pursing advanced degree programs in other related areas, including engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science, and other sciences.  Physicists with the appropriate terminal degree can teach at the secondary level or college. 

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