The objective of physics is to discover the basic laws that govern the universe and to understand how these laws lead to the wide variety of phenomena in the world around us. The interplay between theory and experiment in physics is the driving force that leads to a progressively greater understanding, as experimental results force a continued refinement of the underlying theoretical models, which in turn raise new questions to be tested in experiments.

The undergraduate physics program is recognized as one of the top 20 programs in the country by the American Physical Society.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Science Education with physics concentration (B.S.C.)

The physics department's curriculum includes specialized courses for physics majors, courses that provide the foundation in physics needed by students in other sciences, and general education courses for students in all fields. These courses are taught by a faculty which combines a commitment to teaching with forefront research, bringing the excitement of new discoveries and opportunities for involvement to our undergraduate students. Exciting areas of research open to participation by undergraduates include elementary particle physics, the studies of atoms, molecules and nuclei, the behavior of matter in solid and liquid states, the physics of biological systems, and astrophysics.

Career options
Physics graduates pursue a variety of careers including teaching, industrial and governmental research, and academic careers that combine teaching and research. Graduates also go to medical school, law school, graduate school, and other professional programs.

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