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Considering a Physics Major?

Physics is the most basic and fundamental science. Physicists attempt to understand the natural laws around us, inside us, and in the universe beyond us. Physicists use experimental, analytical, and numerical skills to solve problems. Physicists make significant contributions in many fields. In the last century, physicists have received several Nobel prizes in chemistry, biology and economics.

Those who have a natural curiosity for investigating how things work and are good at math would enjoy physics as a major. Students considering majoring in physics should have strong science and math backgrounds.

Questions Students Frequently Ask When Considering a Physics Major

About 60% of Physics students who earn a Bachelor's degree go to graduate school, and about 40% go directly into the work force. Physics bachelor's in STEM jobs earned a median starting salary of $51,000, based on 2011 & 2012 graduate data.

Initial Employment Sectors of Physics Bachelor's, Classes of 2011 & 2012 Combined

Physics Bachelor's Initial Employment

Physicists are critical thinkers and problem solvers. These skills are needed by employers in Research, Engineering, Technology, Education, and many other fields.

Field of Employment for Physics Bachelor's in the Private Sector, Classes of 2011 & 2012 Combined

Who's Hiring Bachelor's?

If you choose to go on to graduate school and get a Ph.D. in Physics you will most likely do research at a private, government, or university laboratory. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for Ph.D. Physicists in 2015 was $110,980.

YES! Physics majors do better on the MCAT and LSAT than almost any other major!

Average MCAT Scores by Selected Majors, 2012

Average LSAT Scores by Selected Majors, 2012

There are about 130 undergraduate Physics Majors at UH. Approximately 20% of the physics majors at the University of Houston are female, and approximately 45% are minorities. The UH Physics department encourages both women and minorities, as well as members of other historically underrepresented groups, to consider majoring in mathematics.

There are 34 Physics Faculty at UH. 7 of the Faculty are women, and 2 are minority.

The department welcomes inquiries from interested students. For more information about the department's undergraduate programs, please call the undergraduate faculty advisor at (713) 743-3588 or e-mail

In addition, if you are currently taking a physics class, you can stop by your professor's office hours to talk with them about majoring in physics.