The department offers two major tracks, both fulfilling the bachelor of science (BS) degree.
Those students intending to major in physics should have a high school background that includes trigonometry, advanced algebra, chemistry and physics, as well as a good preparation in the arts and humanities. Students have an option during their freshman year to overcome some deficiencies in these areas.
The Department of Physics offers various programs of study, or tracks, tailored to the specific career goals of its majors. Students should consult with a departmental advisor prior to choosing a track.
Track 1: Pure & Applied Physics
Pure and applied physics is intended for students preparing for graduate school, teaching careers, or careers in industry or applied physics.
Track 2: Biophysics & Medical Physics
Biophysics and medical physics is seen as a bridge to an advanced degree in the health sciences for those interested in medical research, admission to medical school, preparation for work in a hospital or clinic situation, or industrial jobs in biomedical instrumentation.
For any track, students preparing for employment in an interdisciplinary area (such as environmental, geophysical or energy study) can choose to add an appropriate minor or arrange a specific major program on an individual basis. Students interested in teaching physics in high school are encouraged to consider the CLAS educational studies minor in addition to their physics major.
Laboratory Experience Included In Both Options
To enhance the employment options of physics graduates, the department is committed to providing students with opportunities for laboratory experience in a research environment.