Physics - BS

The Bachelor of Science curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements than the Bachelor of Arts. Currently it has a no track option and five track options. The BS in Physics (no track) is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting. The department also offers tracks in Astrophysics, Business, Computational Science, Physics and Mathematics Teaching and Physical Science Teaching for those who plan to seek employment or advanced degrees in these fields. Each track results in the BS in Physics degree and has the same core physics courses and the same total number of hours. Because physics forms the basis of many other sciences such as astronomy, chemistry, material science, oceanography, nano-engineering and geophysics, the BS program is excellent preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. In addition, physicists are increasingly applying their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine. An important part of the BS program is student participation in experimental or theoretical research guided by faculty.