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Quick Facts About the FSU Physics Department


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work one-on-one with a faculty mentor are often paid a stipend for their time

Physics & Astrophysics majors

1,000+ 31%

pages of current students Honors thesis work have participated in research been published since 2002

when students participate in research, they... gain hands-on experience that graduate programs and employers value

Physics majors

may stay at FSU, go to another state, or travel abroad get to see if they enjoy research before committing to a graduate program may participate in interdisciplinary research


may be invited to present their findings at national meetings or conferences

Physical Science majors

meet and collaborate with other undergraduates and graduate students

Also available Physical Science/ FSU-Teach majors


undergraduate students

Homes away from home: Some of the labs where Seminole physicists work Brookhaven National Lab, New York CERN, Switzerland Electron Stretcher and Accelerator, Germany European Southern Observatory, Chile Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Illinois

Gemini Observatory, Hawai‘i and Chile Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, California Los Alamos National Lab, New Mexico McDonald Observatory, Texas National High Magnetic Field Lab, Florida

National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab, Michigan NIST Center for Neutron Research, Maryland Oak Ridge National Lab, Tennessee Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator, Virginia

TRIUMF, Canada

What’s It Worth? Benefits of a Degree in Physics

A Wide Range of Opportunities: Where Are FSU Physics Grads Now?

Besides getting Sheldon Cooper’s jokes on The Big Bang Theory.

Since 2002, over 170 people have graduated from the FSU Physics Department with bachelor’s degrees. We have information about the current employment status of about half of those students. Graduate study is highly represented here because our graduates under the age of 27 were the most likely to respond.

Colleges & Universities 6%

FSU Physics Graduates Highest Degree Obtained After the Bachelor’s

Information obtained from the students who responded and from other university records. Students who earned a Master’s degree and are on their way to the PhD are in the “Currently Enrolled in a Graduate Program” category. PhD Other Science Field 6% MS Other Science Field 6%

MS Non-Science Field 10%

PhD Physics 16%

Currently Enrolled in a Graduate Program 44%

MS Physics 16%


Entrepenuer 7% Private Sector Other 10%

Private Sector Engineering Private Sector 7% Financial 4%

Other Science Fields Graduate Program 14%

Private Sector Computational 8%

On average, physics graduates earn $40-$65K

MS & PhD Programs Attended by FSU Physics Graduates North Carolina State University Ohio State University Rutgers University Stanford University Texas A&M University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of Central Florida University of Florida

Physics or Astronomy Graduate Program 29%

Active Military 3%

Graduate students in physics receive an ample stipend and tuition waiver.

Professional Degree (MD, JD, MBA, MQF) 5%

Boston University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western University Clemson University Columbia University Duke University Florida Institute of Technology Florida State University Georgia Tech Kansas State University Michigan State University

Government 6%

K-12 6%

University of Illinois, Chicago University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign University of Michigan University of New Mexico University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester University of San Francisco University of Tennessee University of Wisconsin-Madison Vanderbilt University

And that’s just out of the gate.

Reprinted courtesy of the American Institute of Physics from the Fall 2009 Salary Survey, with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

FSU Physics Infographic 2014