Why Study Physics at Emory?
Welcome to Undergraduate Physics. This page gives a brief overview of what it's like to be a physics major at Emory. Prospective students and their families are welcome to tour the Department and meet faculty members any time during the year. Contact Information is at the bottom of this page. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jed Brody, at any time if you have a question.
Small class size and friendly atmosphere
Emory physics majors are a close-knit group of students who enjoy a remarkably high degree of personal interaction with faculty members. Class size for any course beyond the introductory level rarely exceeds twenty students, and it is usually smaller. All undergraduate courses, without exception, are taught by members of the faculty. The department's emphasis on teaching enables undergraduates to develop close working relationships with their professors that often result in exciting research and/or directed studies opportunities.
Majors have their own study lounge within the department¿adjacent to the kitchen available any time, around the clock. They are also encouraged to become active members of our chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) where, during monthly meetings, they can relax, enjoy some pizza and explore a range of ideas. The department also fosters a sense of community through annual gatherings such as the Spring picnic, holiday party, and Fall welcome party for new graduate students.
Options after graduation
We usually graduate between 10 - 20 majors each year. Our BS majors can choose to go to the best graduate programs in physics if they want to pursue a career in physics or astronomy. Our BA majors are equally well trained to excel in medicine, law, industry, business, teaching, policy studies, and a host of other fields in which the rigorous background of a physics education is a decided advantage.
Physics graduates typically have impressive options upon graduation. See the American Institute of Physics Web site for recent surveys covering starting salaries for BS and BA graduates in physics and physics-related fields. aip.org/statistics/trends/phystrends
The AIP also has a useful Career Services website with advice and job listings for physicists at aip.org/careersvc, and a new page listing companies who have hired physicists recently, listed by state aip.org/statistics/trends/emptrends. Another resource for finding jobs is physicstoday.org/jobs.