UGA Specific Information for Physics and Astronomy

A branch of the physical sciences, physics is the study of energy and the behavior of single atoms and their component pieces. Physicists consider themselves the most fundamental of scientists for they examine the basic laws of our universe and apply these laws to explain the behavior of increasingly more complex systems. The same underlying principle describes the behavior of atoms, lasers, living cells, and galaxies. Physicists seek to study and understand what happens when atoms and subatomic particles break down and assemble, how they react to collisions with each other and to electro- magnetic radiation, so it is at the base of all modern science and technology, and even at an elementary level this fundamental nature can be appreciated.

The Physics and Astronomy major combines the fundamental study of physics with observational astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to current astronomical and astrophysical problems and on individual research.Emphasis on research and development related to space travel has increased dramatically in recent decades, including work in both the private and public sectors. Astronomers using the core skills of the physicist are at the forefront of these movements.

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The University of California, Riverside | The University of Georgia


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