As a physics major you will study matter and energy and their interactions. Physics is not just a body of knowledge— it is a set of approaches that will allow you to solve all kinds of problems. Physics seeks to describe the most basic features of a system and the underlying general rules that govern them. These rules are powerful tools for understanding that system and similar ones that you may encounter later.
Beyond the core curriculum of physics, math and chemistry coursework, dive deep into one of four options based on your interest.
Academics + Experience = Opportunities
Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.
Transferrable Career Skills
- Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
- Conduct and present research to large and small groups
- Apply mathematical and scientific skills to solve real-world problems
- Analyze and explain data
- Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
- Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
- Comprehend and critically evaluate complex information
- Define problems and identifying causes
- Design and implement research experiments
- Develop and defend evidence based arguments
Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in physics, such as:
Because the study of physics develops such strong analytical skills, physicists go into a wide variety of careers such as engineering, law, medicine, computer science and information technology, optical and laser science and materials science. Many physicists work in government or industrial laboratories, but some start their own businesses.
Examples of Alumni Careers
- Process Engineer I, Garmin
- Research Assistant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Science Teacher 9-12, Millard Public Schools
- Science Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
- Software Developer Engineer, CSG International
- Software Developer, Applied Underwriters
- Systems Programmer, Bryan Health
- Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Technician, J.A. Woollam
Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni
- Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University
- Ph.D., Astronomy, University of California-Berkeley
- Ph.D., Geophysics, California Institute of Technology
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Ph.D., Physics, University of California-San Diego
- Ph.D., Physics, Twin Cities-University of Minnesota
- Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
- Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
- Master's Degree, Science Teaching, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Ph.D., Physics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Physics 211 changed the way I saw everyday occurrences by understanding what actually happens versus what I thought made sense before.”
Physics at Nebraska
Physics is a science major in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Our liberal arts degrees provide a broad education across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, preparing students for a variety of careers.
Let curiosity move you.