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What is Physics?
Physics is a fundamental science dedicated to the study of energy, matter, space and time. Classical physics became a distinct science around the 16th century and the 'classical laws' were identified over the subsequent years. By the early 20th century, it was believed that almost all the physical laws of the universe were discovered with only a few minor details that required attention. These minor details led to the wonders of Modern Physics, including Quantum physics and Relativity. From Galileo and Newton to Einstein, discoveries in Physics have raised many philosophical questions.
Most employment opportunities for physicists exist in hands-on research, development and teaching roles often within the resource and environmental management industries, medical laboratories and institutions, software and telecommunications companies and other technological research and educational organisations.
The Careers Service at the University has also prepared an overview of careers, employers, organisations and associations of interest to students who complete the Physics major in the Bachelor of Science, however the careers and employers identified will be applicable to Physicists who have undertaken other degree programs as well. They also provide a free and confidential service to all students and graduates of the University, with staff available to assist with a range of comprehensive careers and employment information and advice about careers, study and employment.
The University of Newcastle offers a Bachelor of Science (Physics) that is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics, as well as Masters and PhD studies.