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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Current Students

Why Physics?


NMSU physics students have the advantage of being at a large university AND of being in a small department.

What is Physics?

Physicists study the world around us in order to discover the basic principles and laws which govern the natural world.

As a physicist you can:
Acquire knowledge and skills that will enable you to compete for high-tech jobs or do cutting-edge research in some of the fastest expanding scientific areas. Examples are: astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computational physics, material science, nuclear physics, and engineering physics.

When persuing a degree in another field
taking a physics course will give you the scientific literacy to understand the basic principles behind technological applications and a better understanding of everyday phenomena.

When learning physics you will strengthen your critical thinking and problem solving skills. As a results you likely do better on many standarized exams like the MCAT, LSAT or GRE. The Department of Physics offers introductory courses of many flavors and with mathematics prerequisites ranging from none at all to calculus.