Student peering into a machine at the gravity lab
Hands-on learning and research are at the heart of our program. Small class sizes make it easier to get one-on-one attention from professors who are eager to help. And our graduates are in high demand in this high tech world.

Program Overview

A physics degree is good preparation for a very broad range of occupations. In general, a physics student with additional skills or a highly specialized emphasis has a greater advantage in the job market. Students also have a strong chance of increasing employability by strengthening their skills with additional course work from related disciplines, such as geology, oceanography, statistics, computer technology and mathematics.

The physics student should develop: a basic interest in natural phenomena; a good memory, imagination and physical intuition, an inquisitive nature; high-level mathematical skills; the ability to concentrate for sustained periods and the patience to repeat an experiment; the ability to observe facts and draw logical conclusions using logic and critical thinking skills; and a mild skepticism of conventional assumptions.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
    The B.S. in physics is designed for those students who expect to enter one of the various fields of research or development in government or in private industry. Students can also move onto graduate studies and teaching at all levels.
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics with an concentration in Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Science
    The B.A. degree in physics is less specialized and more adaptable to studies in various fields, including preparation for teaching at the secondary school level.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy also offers two minors:

  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Astronomy

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Academics & Options

Featured Alumni Profile

David Shook, 2011

Manufacturing Engineer, Thermo Fisher Scientific

I assist in the development of mechanical and electrical design needs to support equipment in aid of the manufacture of emerging technologies. I conduct detailed troubleshooting and analysis of system or component level problems that affect reliability, performance, etc.

Career Options

Whether your interests lie in the far reaches of the universe or in the subatomic workings of our own world, we have a course of study and the enthusiastic teachers to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career.

Related disciplines, such as geology, oceanography, statistics, computer technology, and mathematics, allow our graduates to excel in a wide variety of career files. 

  • Physicist
  • Astronomer/Astrophysicist
  • Secondary science teacher
  • Aerospace scientist
  • Scientific Programmer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Physical Oceanographer
  • Physical Chemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Atmospheric Physicist
  • Medical/radiological technologist
  • Telescope operator
  • Staff Scientist (Industry, University, or National Laboratory)
  • Financial Analyst
  • Materials Scientist
  • Semiconductor Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Scientist/Engineer
  • Optical Systems Specialist