Myths and Facts about a Physics Major

Myth:  PHYSICS IS JUST TOO HARD

FACTLet’s be honest, it’s all challenging - Engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics. Make your decision based on what offers the most versatility for your career. While some majors require you to memorize a lot of information, physics teaches you to think. It’s that skill of problem-solving that’s more valuable than anything else physics has to offer. We’ll help you develop that skill at Canisius College.

Myth:  PHYSICS IS TOO ABSTRACT

FACT: Your pursuit of physics can be tailored to your interests. Choose what questions you want to explore. Physics is observational. Math is a tool to assist in your investigation.  Physics is also an applied science. Without physics research, there would be none of the digital technology that we have today.  MRI technology, PET and CT scans, and proton beam therapy for cancer patients at Roswell Park are a result of physics research.    

Myth:  MAJORING IN PHYSICS IS NOT NEEDED IF YOUR GOAL IS MEDICAL SCHOOL

FACT: Most students going to medical school are biology majors.  It’s important to get noticed while applying to medical school when you’re just part of a crowd. Plus there are specialties within medicine that are especially suited for physics majors including nuclear medicine, diagnostic medicine, and proton beam therapy. Students interested in medical school can major in Physics, be pre-med, and excel at both. Physics offers a solid foundation for some of the most important advances in medicine.

Myth:  I WILL NEVER FIND A JOB WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE PHYSICS DEGREE

FACT: Employers know that physicists understand how to think and reason effectively, allowing them to solve unconventional problems. A Bachelor’s degree in physics is a good foundation for a variety of fields including: