Important Dates - Jr & Sr
Physics addresses the material universe at its most fundamental levels.
The laws revealed by careful study and experiment should apply from
to cosmological scales. With currently-understood physical law and mathematics
as a foundation, the goals of physics are to push to still deeper levels of
understanding and to push upward, extending our understanding to more
complicated systems: molecules, fluids, solids, galaxies, living things.
Concentrating in physics at Princeton will not only teach you about
the structure of physical law, but it will allow you to take part in
its discovery. Along the way you will learn to "think like a physicist" --
a hard-to-describe skill combining practiced intuition, the scientific
and a knack for approximation -- and you will develop powerful,
broadly-applicable problem-solving skills.
Physics majors are prepared not only for a career in physics, but many other fields
as well. Physics alumni may be found in academic and industrial physics
research positions as well as consulting, medicine, law,
teaching, biotechnology, and engineering careers.
In fact, the
Physics Department has made a concerted effort to make its core
requirements more flexible, allowing a greater variety of programs
of study that satisfy the major requirements. There are
certificate programs in
finance, quantitative and computational biology, as well as in other fields, and
students are encouraged to explore multidisciplinary programs.
Ideas for a course of study should be discussed with
the Undergraduate Representative.