Undergraduate Programs

Students can choose from a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, and multiple concentration and minor options help focus course and lab work on personal areas of interest. Undergraduate physics and astronomy majors (and most earning minors) often collaborate on high-powered research teams.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree in physics is ideal for those who wish to combine physics or astronomy with other interests, such as science teaching at the secondary level, art, music or philosophy. This program provides excellent preparation for medical or law school and is recommended for some careers in astronomy-related or environment-related areas.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The bachelor of science (BS) degree in physics provides education to the most advanced undergraduate level and is strongly recommended for all those who will ultimately seek advanced degrees in physics or astronomy, pursue careers in applied physics, or carry out scientific studies related to environmental problems. Within the BS program, students may choose to pursue a concentration in biological physics, computational physics, or nanophysics for a broader experience.

A physics student may be awarded a distinction in the major if they meet certain requirements.

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Bachelor of Science in Physics / Master of Science in Engineering (BS/MS Dual Degree)

The Bachelor of Science in Physics/Master of Science in Engineering (BS/MS) program allows a student to complete both a BS in physics and an MS in Engineering in only five years. This is an attractive option for those who want to combine a strong theoretical background with experience in engineering applications.

For more information on this program, please contact a Physics and Astronomy faculty member. Students interested in this option should discuss it with an adviser as early as possible in their undergraduate careers.

Minor options