Why Study Physics


I am a problem solver.

You like to investigate the why and how behind a problem.  You enjoy challenging questions that require a little extra creativity and ingenuity.  In physics, not only do you learn techniques for solving specific problems, but how to approach problems that have never been encountered before.

I like science.

The goal of physics is to understand at the most basic level how nature works.  Physics involves the study of the fundamental questions about nature from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.  Physics is the basis of all sciences and can be applied to biology or medical science.  

I like to get involved.

The Canisius Physics Department is a small, tight knit community where everyone is encouraged to get involved. Through the Society of Physics Students (SPS) you can participate in physics outreach in a fun, social setting.  Electronica is an electronics group where you can construct circuits, gadgets and robots. Join us for department events like Christmas and summer socials. Most importantly, take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in summer research.

I want a major that prepares me for the future.

The vast majority of physics graduate programs are at no cost to you and students are typically paid to be research or teaching assistants.  Physics majors were tied for the highest score with biomedical engineers on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). They ranked second to Math on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  (Statistical Research Center, American Institute of Physics)