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Physics is the most fundamental of sciences, as it  relates to the laws governing the behavior of matter and energy in the universe. A physics major also helps you to develop broadly applicable skills including analytical problem solving, teamwork, computer programming, mathematical modeling, and technical writing. The Physics Department ensures our students have a solid foundation when studying physics. Concepts explored include Quantum Theory, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Optics, Relativity, Cosmology, and applications to Condensed Matter, Atoms, Polymers, Quantum Computing, Nuclei, Elementary Particles,  and Nanotechnology. Many physics majors pursue a second major or minor in fields ranging from mathematics, chemistry, and computer science to French, philosophy, and dance.

Many faculty members regularly involve undergraduates in their experimental or theoretical physics research, either through independent study  or through part-time academic employment. In addition, Tulane has a 4+1 program that allows students to obtain a Master’s Degree in five years by enabling them to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate.