Department of Physics and Astronomy
What is Physics ?

What is Physics?

Physics is the study of matter and energy. The word Physics is derived from a Greek word meaning "the nature of things that move of themselves." Physics is both a set of ideas that are useful to describe the universe at various levels (nuclei, atoms, solids, liquids, living objects, planets, the universe); and a set of tools for using these ideas to make inferences. Physics tests and extends our ideas about the universe.

A Physics degree can lead to a career in:

  Space Science: mission specialists, satellite design
  Medicine: Medical imaging, radiation treatment, lasers
  Lasers and Optics: Telecommunications, optometry, holography
  Environmental science: Weather, oceanography, pollution control
  Nuclear science: Reactor design, waste management
  Materials science: Semiconductor devices
  Fundamental Physics: Quantum chaos, cosmology, particle physics
  Non-traditional careers: Finance, law, business

Some of our students have gone on to complete advanced degrees in Physics at other institutions, and are now professors of Physics at universities and community colleges; some are research scientists employed by government and industry. Others have become educators, consultants, meteorologists, and entrepreneurs in computer hardware and software, pipeline inspection, blasting design and consultation, and medical equipment sales.

Contact Information

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 2C6

Telephone: (705) 675-1151 extension 2220
Fax: (705) 675-4868
Email: Chair Department of Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Laurentian University
Université Laurentienne

Webmaster: C.C. Roy

Last Modified: 23 October 2005 by J.Farine