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Physics is the fundamental natural science that explores the basic properties of matter and energy. Physics is relevant to all other sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, and all branches of engineering. The different areas of physics covered in Cleveland State’s undergraduate program include: atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics, biophysics, material science, optics, waves, electronics, astronomy, and medical physics. The field of physics has been instrumental in the development of advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and medical equipment. Devices and innovations resulting from physics research include the laser, the microwave oven, LCD and plasma TVs, integrated circuits, computer hardware advances, communication advances, new ways of energy production, and other advances.


Bachelor graduates work as research assistants and technicians. They work in the following industries: electronics, semiconductor, communications, aerospace, instrumentation, software development, engineering, and others. Job titles include: radiation health officer or nuclear technician, optical engineer, applications engineer, component evaluations or electronics specialist, and others. In addition, there are many other fields that require a strong science background, such as patent law and technical sales and service. There is also a high demand for bachelor graduates as physics/science high school teachers (licensure needed).

Over 60 percent of bachelor physicists go on to pursue graduate studies in physics or related fields. Master graduates have careers in applied research and development in industry and government, and teaching positions at community colleges. Specialized master’s programs in physics prepare students for a specific career path, such as CSU’s Medical Physics Master’s program, which trains scientists to work in medical centers in radiation therapy. Doctoral graduates assume university faculty positions teaching and directing research, direct research in government labs, or work in high-level positions in industry, directing research.

For more information, visit CSU's Physics Department's website


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  • Acoustics Physicist
  • Geodesist National Laboratory Research
  • Aerodynamist
  • Geophysicist
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Aerospace Testing 
  • High-Tech Designer
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Astronomer Hydrologist
  • Nuclear Power Plant Manager
  • Astrophysicist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Medical Devices Designer
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Physicist
  • Biophysicist Lawyer
  • Technology Specialty Physics Researcher
  • Cardiac Imaging Researcher
  • Mathematician
  • Physiognomist
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Teacher
  • Plasma Physicist
  • Computer Specialist
  • Medical Physicist Process

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Investigation Communication Computational Technical
Define research problems Develop & write research proposals Measure distances/
Design equipment
Develop research models Review scientific literature Perform
Identify/classify materials
Establish hypotheses Summarize research findings Mathematical modeling Observe data
Gather/analyze data Inform, explain, instruct Maintain records Establish experimental designs
Evaluate ideas Prepare technical reports Utilize math
Use instruments
See relationships among factors Draw meaningful conclusions    


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