Offered as: major | minor
Uncover the mysteries of nature, probe the far reaches of space and the depths of the ocean, and meet our planet's environmental challenges. As a physicist, you can investigate the structure of the atom, design and program computers, solve environmental problems, and develop new manufacturing materials.
Physicists lead some of the world's major technology companies and research institutes, paving the way for technological innovations such as lasers, solar cells, electric cars, medical diagnostics, and computers.
The powerful array of technical skills you'll acquire as a physics major will prepare you for a career in many areas of theoretical and applied science. You'll be ready to assume leadership roles in industry, business, and government or explore the fields of materials science, biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and medical physics.
Our curriculum covers all of the core fields of physics: classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and relativity, optics, thermodynamics, and solid state physics.
As a physics major you'll:
For the BS in physics, you'll complete at least 47 credits in physics courses and a total of 120 credits overall.
Explore your interests in the universe by choosing the astronomy/astrophysics option of our bachelor's degree program. You'll learn the observational and analytical methods astronomers use to study the cosmos, as well as the physics behind celestial phenomena.
Establish the physics background you'll need to enter a variety of interdisciplinary fields. For the minor, you'll complete 20 credits.
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