Program Information

The School of Physics offers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics.

The basis of the former degree is the traditional preparation of a student for graduate study in physics. The degree program in applied physics may be better suited for entry into industry or government upon graduation, preparation for further professional training, or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline.

Each of the baccalaureate programs constains the following:

  • Courses needed to meet general institutional degree requirements
  • A core of technical courses intended to give a strong background in
    • Mathematics
    • The physical principles of
      • Mechanics
      • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Thermodynamics
      • Quantum Theory
  • Technical electives that enable the student to explore areas of his or her choice in greater depth
  • Free electives which may be used to schedule additional technical or nontechnical courses

A total of 122 credit hours and a grade point average of at least 2.0 in physics courses numbered 3000 and higher are requisites for the bachelor's degree in physics.

The School of Physics also offers programs of study leading to certificates in Astrophysics.

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

The Society of Physics Students is a social and an academic club that invites anyone with an interest in physics, maths, or science in general. Being a Physics major is not a requirement to join this club.

Our weekly meetings may include a healthy mix of socialization with other club members, faculty, and persons of interest, such as Nobel laureates, help with homework, captivating lectures with professors and other guests, advice by graduate students and professors, and a healthy amount of tomfoolery that naturally occurs when people begin to discuss physics.