What is A Physics (PhD) Degree?
Physics is about understanding everything in the universe. Physicists have found that, using mathematical models, that there are certain laws that can predict what going to happen to matter and energy in certain situations. So, they make observations about real situations, develop hypotheses, conduct research, and then think through what could be happening, using math to come up with explanations and predictions. They discover the truth of the universe that we can count on.
Earning a PhD in the field of Physics will prepare you to teach at a college or university and to conduct independent research studies. To be accepted into a PhD program in Physics you will need to have a BS in Physics or a closely related field like mathematics or engineering. Individuals with MS degrees in Physics may also apply and receive credit for some of the core work they’ve done in the field, shortening their time to completion of the PhD degree. All students in the program may need to demonstrate their level of knowledge before qualifying for the higher-level courses and will probably need to defend their thesis/dissertation topic before graduation. PhD students in Physics, through their studies, will gain substantial experience in teaching, in research, and in reporting their findings. Those entering the PhD program with only the BS degree may be able to earn their MS degrees along the way. It’s important to choose an institution that is conducting the kind of research that you’re interested in doing, and it’s also a good idea to review the current work of the faculty in the department because their interests will guide your work in the program.