A major in physics at Merrimack lays the foundation for a diverse array of post-graduate opportunities, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Direct entry into wide range of private-sector careers. Bachelor’s degree physicists rarely work as “physicists” in the traditional sense (that is, studying the theoretical and experimental basis of the fundamental laws of nature — one usually needs a Ph.D. for that). Physics can be thought of as a supercharged liberal arts major, interesting for its own sake but at the same time preparation for a broad spectrum of interesting jobs, especially those with substantial analytical/quantitative components that would be off-limits to most liberal arts majors.
- High-school physics teaching: Our teacher education program, based on the Physics B.A. and offered in conjunction with the Merrimack Education Department, is approved by the state of Massachusetts.
- Medicine, Law, Business: physics is excellent preparation for medical, law, or business school, and opens doors to quantitative areas in these professions.
- Medical Physics and Health Physics
- Graduate study and subsequent careers in physics or astronomy.
- Graduate study in other areas of science, especially interdisciplinary programs. The laws of physics provide the foundation for the sciences; the study of physics promotes the development of strong mathematical, analytical, and problem-solving abilities applicable across the sciences. Consequently, physicists are well-prepared to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries (as evidenced by the existence of fields called “biophysics” and “econophysics”).