Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, underlying our understanding and knowledge of all areas of science and technology. The goal of physics is to discover comprehensive principles or laws of nature and to determine how they apply to a variety of systems, ranging from the nucleus of an atom to the universe itself. Physicists develop problem-solving skills that are broadly applicable. At Sweet Briar, students may prepare for traditional careers in physics research or teaching, or they may apply their knowledge and skills to other fields such as engineering, medicine, law, and business. Training in physics also makes it possible to contribute to many of the social and environmental concerns of today.