Why take physics?
There are many advantages in taking
physics, not just at the high school level but in college. Physics is
a course and major that is not touted at all and has been thought of as this
difficult subject for only the select few. This is far from the truth.
The significance to career possibilities is far greater than any other
subject you could take. Some of the following reasons to take physics
Universities recognize the
importance of physics classes. Both the UC and Cal State
Universities rate physics as the highest science elective a student can
take. Success in high school physics is a sign of academic ability.
There are some technical schools who will not admit entrance to students who
have not taken physics in high school.
Success in College for most science,
engineering, computer, pre-med and even some law majors depends on passing
Physics is a typical course
requirement for all of these majors. Engineering is really an applied
physics major. According to the University of Utah physics department,
physics majors have a better chance of getting into med school or law school
than any other major. About 25% of the science questions on the MCAT
is based on physics knowledge. If you take physics for the first time
while in college, you will be at a disadvantage compared to students who
chose to take it in high school.
The SAT is becoming more challenging in the future.
Physics provides skills in algebra,
geometry, problem solving, and the use of analogies.
Jobs for people with skills in physics has
never been better.
Engineers are applied physicists and comprise the second largest
profession in the U.S. There are about one and a half million