Three different options for a baccalaureate degree are offered by the department. The Bachelor of Science in Physics provides students with preparation for governmental or industrial positions or for graduate studies in physics or related areas. The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a concentration in Applied Physics is designed to introduce the major branches of physics to those seeking double degrees and for those preparing for professions other than physics. The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a concentration in Computational Physics is intended to train students with the state-of-the-art knowledge in physics and scientific computing for either professional positions or graduate studies in computational physics or related areas.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of classical mechanics.
  • Understanding of electricity and magnetism.
  • Understanding of thermodynamics.
  • Understanding of modern physics and quantum mechanics.
  • Ability to perform modern laboratory experiments.
  • Ability to perform an independent physics research project and give a public talk on this project.
  • Ability to communicate scientific subject matter.
  • Understanding and ability to communicate the importance of physics to society.
  • Ability to solve critical and fundamental problems in undergraduate physics.
  • Ability and confidence to think independently.

Career Possibilities


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Bachelor of Science in Physics


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics and astronomy are two of the most basic and fundamental sciences. Physics is the study of matter, energy, motion, and force. Its concepts help us understand how the universe behaves. Astronomy studies the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, including celestial objects and the formation and development of the universe.