PhysicsPhysics seeks to reduce complex phenomena to elemental principles: What causes an object to fall? What makes molecules stick together? What is light? What causes electricity? Is there a speed limit in the universe? What is the fundamental nature of matter? Far from being purely academic questions, these inquiries have revolutionized our society. It is nearly impossible to imagine an area of science or engineering that has not been profoundly affected by fundamental developments in physics.
The physics major at UC Merced provides a strong foundation in the fundamental physical properties of the natural world, while recognizing the interdisciplinary role that physicists play in the scientific and technological community. This is reflected in the core plus emphasis tracks model of the major. The core is a rigorous grounding in fundamental physical principles, including electricity and magnetism, quantum and classical mechanics, and thermodynamics.
- Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
- Applied Mathematical Physics
School of Natural Sciences
Careers in Physics
- Computers And Engineering