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Physics & Astronomy|College of Arts & Sciences

Undergraduate Degree Programs

B.S. in Physics

This degree program traditionally prepares students for graduate school or a career in physics or a related field in the physical sciences.  4 Year Plan

B.A. in Physics

This degree program provides a pathway for more students to major in physics, as a second major to physical chemistry, mathematics, and engineering, for example.  4 Year Plan

B.S. Physics PLUS

Students preparing for technical careers may select this curriculum, which enables students to concentrate in physics and a coherent selection of 27 hours in an elected technical area. Examples of an elected technical area are mathematics; engineering; biology; chemistry; computer science; geophysics; atmospheric science; economics; business; technical writing.   4 Year Plan

B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Students wishing to pursue careers related to astronomy/astrophysics should complete a B.S. in Astronomy.   4 Year Plan

B.A. in Physics & Physics Education (Concurrent major)

Students wishing to teach physics at the secondary level can opt for a concurrent degree in both physics and physics education.  course checklist

Minor Programs

Students interested in Physics or Astronomy as a minor can get more information here.

Program Goals:

The undergraduate program exists to produce well-trained scientists who are competitive for jobs in the technical sector and for admission to graduate study.

 Outcome 1 : Conceptual and analytical understanding of the 4 major areas of physics: Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics

Outcome 2. Understanding of scientific reasoning, i.e., the roles of theory, hypothesis, and experiment in the scientific method.

Outcome 3: Demonstration of a working knowledge of laboratory & programming skills as they relate to gathering data and comparing data to the predictions of theoretical models.

Outcome 4: Ability to clearly communicate the results of scientific analysis in written and oral form.

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