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I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.
Richard Feynman

Q: So, what good is a degree in Physics?
A: This is like asking, "What good is breathing?"

But seriously, the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics make career and other information freely available.

Q: Could ya' be a bit more specific?
A: Okay. Some of our recent graduates (B.A. Math, minor in Physics) have gone onto graduate study in diverse fields, including Physics (Ph.D.), Software Engineering (M.S.), and Statistics (M.S.). Some have taught high-school math and science classes, worked in technical fields, are writing Actuarial Exams, etc.
Recently, we learned of a suite of Masters-level programs at the University of Notre Dame guiding graduates in pure and applied scientific fields into professional and technical careers. One which piqued our interest is Patent Law, as we do seem to recall that there was a fella' about 100 years ago who worked briefly as a patent clerk shortly after graduating from university. Two others are Computational Finance, and Business Entrepreneurship.

Q: Is there anything else that you'd like to brag about?
A: Why yes. The latest GRE (Graduate Records Exam) data show that, once again, physics majors, as a group, do exceedingly well in both the quantitative and verbal sections, and respectably well on the writing portion of the test. (For the details, consult Table 4: General Test Percentage Distribution of Scores Within Intended Broad Graduate Major Field Based on Seniors and Nonenrolled College Graduates.)

Q: What about Engineering as a program or career option?
A: This frequently asked question is addressed here.

Q: Why study Physics at AMU?
A: One's sense that the universe is real and amenable to understanding, garners metaphysical support from the Judeo-Christian worldview.

Q: What's the best site on the internet?
A: The Physics [and now math, computer science, and etc.] pre-print archive: Pre-print Archive. Here, one gets the hottest physics news before it hits the press!


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