Physics is the study of matter and energy, from the smallest scale (elementary particles) to the largest (evolution of stars and galaxies). In this sense, physics is foundational to all other sciences. As a physics student, you'll solve technical problems by learning to analyze complex relationships in mathematical terms. Because of this broad-based and flexible problem solving background, physics graduates find employment in a wide variety of specialty areas and fields, some of which are not directly associated with physics.
Skills and abilities this major develops include: data acquisition and analysis, math skills, problem solving, laboratory methods, computer skills, understanding theoretical concepts, and technical writing.