The aim of physics is to study nature at its most fundamental level— to gain a unifying understanding of the world around us. As a discipline, it studies systems ranging in size from the smallest elementary particles to the entire universe. Almost any scientific problem can be approached using the ideas and methods of physics, which is why there are many “hybrid” disciplines such as astrophysics, biophysics, and geophysics. Physics lies at the heart of the natural sciences. This central position among the sciences means that physics is an ideal starting point for many kinds of scientific and engineering work. It also means that physics is a perfect academic focus for a liberal arts education.
Training in physics gives students great flexibility in selecting a career. The powerful array of technical skills taught to physics majors – critical thinking and problem solving, computers, electronics, mathematical analysis, technical writing – are of practical importance in many areas of theoretical and applied science and are essential to doing good science in general.
Science is a way to teach how something gets to be known, what is not known, to what extent things are known (for nothing is known absolutely), how to handle doubt and uncertainty, what the rules of evidence are, how to think about things so that judgments can be made, how to distinguish truth from fraud, and from show.
– Richard Feynman (Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Laureate)
Studying for a physics degree at Ouachita will provide you with benefits which last a lifetime. Potential employers value the broad training, versatility, and laboratory experience of physics graduates. Students who study physics are prepared to work on forefront ideas in science and technology, in academia, the government, or the private sector. Many of our students have gone on to graduate school in physics, related sciences, or engineering. Others have pursued medical school, computer science, teaching, or a career in business. We would love to count you among our future graduates.
Dr. Kevin Cornelius
OBU Box 3764
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001