Why Physical Sciences?

Students majoring in Physical Sciences will explore some of the fundamental processes in matter, energy, space and time. How did the universe emerge? What is the structure of matter? What physical laws determine the properties of the matter that comprises our planet and its life forms? The major emphasises the ability to understand physical concepts deeply and to solve real world scientific problems, which necessitates clear critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and empirical observation. The tangible skills acquired while pursuing the major, wchich include scientific research and technical problem solving, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling, are attractive to employers in both scientific and non-scientific sectors. For those students who want to pursue further education, the major also offers excellent preparation for doctoral study in physics, astronomy and chemistry, as well as for advanced degrees in engineering, biophysics and biochemistry, law, and medicine.