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Undergraduate Physics Programs

Major Programs

The Physics Department offers Bachelor of Science - General Program, Bachelor of Science - Engineering Concentration, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physics, and the Bachelor of Science in Physics/Secondary Education. 

These programs develop a mastery of the important theories, unifying principles and engineering applications of physics.  With all of our students, we seek to build active curiosity, investigative skills and intellectual confidence and independence.

Upper level students are encouraged to participate in research with faculty mentors. Projects currently in progress include nanostructured materials, atomic force and electron microscopy, correlated many-body physics, astronomical studies of binary stars, research on the learning and teaching of physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, fluorescence spectroscopy, fiber optics and superconductivity.


All physics majors complete the following courses:

            PHY 230 and 231 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and II

            PHY 309 - Modern Physics

            PHY 370 - Modern Physics Laboratory

            PHY 461 - Methods in Physics Research

            PHY 471 - Capstone Experience in Physics

            MAT 150, 151 and 252 - Calculus I, II and III

            MAT 245 - Differential Equations

            CHE 120 and 121 - General Chemistry I and II

To be awarded credit towards a degree in physics, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in each of the following courses: PHY 230, 231, 309 and 370.

Student must complete the All-University Requirements appropriate to their specific degree program, and should consult with their faculty advisor to select suitable courses for this purpose.