University of Louisiana at Lafayette physics major Brianna Olalekan

“Without coming here, I wouldn’t know the things I can do with my major or can do with my knowledge. Now, I see you can work for the government, work in brain surgery, work in engineering – everything comes together. You see where physics fits everywhere.”

Meet physics major Brianna Olalekan

You should major in physics if:

  • You're innately curious and eager to tackle unsolved questions.
  • You want to understand all the fields underpinned by physics: engineering, microbiology, neuroscience, chemistry, financial analysis — practically any scientific, engineering, or technical field.
  • You want a career and competitive salary in applied and fundamental research, engineering and aerospace, energy sciences, biomedical engineering, or other scientific fields.

Physics is how we understand the world around us. It studies nature at all scales through matter and radiation, forces and energy, space and time.

Physics challenges our imaginations and leads to great discoveries and technological developments that change our lives in fundamental studies, medicine, energy, aerospace, engineering, and finance.

As a physics major at UL Lafayette, you can choose from five concentrations:

  • Traditional Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Informatics
  • Pre-Allied Health

Physics at UL Lafayette

What's Physics Like?

  • Research
    Rated 3 out of 3
  • Writing
    Rated 1 out of 3
  • Group work & collaboration
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Math
    Rated 3 out of 3
  • Internships
    Rated 1 out of 3
  • Theory
    Rated 3 out of 3

job placement rate

All of our graduates have found jobs in technical fields within 6 months of graduation — with starting salaries at $50,000 or higher.

Life as a Physics Major