Physics and astronomy are basic natural sciences that attempt to describe and provide an understanding of our world. They serve as the underpinning of many different disciplines, including the other natural sciences and technological areas. Students may choose physics for their major subject as preparation for diverse areas such as engineering, medicine, law, business administration, etc., or simply as a challenging approach to personal development with an emphasis on rigorous scientific thinking. Other students choose physics as preparation towards a career as a professional physicist or a science educator. Whatever your goals, the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers coursework that will help you develop your understanding of the natural world.