Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to cultivate creative experts who will lead the space age with cutting-edge knowledge about science and technology. This goal is achieved by studying the fundamentals of physics and astronomy in order to enhance their understanding about the origins of the universe and matter. Physics and Astronomy are the most fundamental fields in natural sciences, so they deals with important issues that are related to the understanding of the physical properties of various objects, which have been the most profound questions from the beginning of humankind’s intellectual activity, which includes graphene, the interactions of the most fundamental particles in nature, the properties of the many-body systems, the properties of light using lasers, the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies, the Big Bang, and the large scale structure of the universe.
Cultivate creative and practical experts who will explore and understand the basic principles of physics and astronomy.
Nurture well-rounded experts who can contribute to and serve society via the appropriate applications of scientific technology.
Career Path after Graduation
Graduates from the Department of Physics and Astronomy can either pursue employment in research institutes in the fields of basic science, astronomy, electric engineering, optics, and computer science, or they can continue with graduate studies.
For careers in the industry, the students mainly work in the fields of semiconductors, displays, IT, or software development. If the students complete the computational physics curriculum, they can also advance to the financial sector by performing tasks, such as a financial model analysis.
If the students are interested in astronomy, they can continue to becoming public servants and perform tasks that are related to the management of scientific facilities, such as the National Science Museum. They can also manage public/private observatories, work for companies that are related to astronomical instruments and science education equipment, or for institutions that are related to the diffusion of scientific culture, such as the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity. Other computer/medical diagnosis and various image processing related industries, such as Samsung SDS are also possible careers.
After acquiring a master or doctoral degree, graduates may participate in world-class research in the basic disciplines and advance into jobs that are related to research and development. In particular, graduates may also work for companies or research institutes in the applied research fields, such as semiconductors and 3D displays.
They can also work as researchers in various state-run research institutes, such as the Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, the National Radio Research Agency, the Agency for Defense Development, the National Geographic Information Institute, and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Finally, they can work as government officials in organizations, such as the National Science Museum and the Korean Intellectual Property Office.