Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Physics & Astronomy currently offers two programs, a BS in Physics and a BA in Physics. We also offer a minor in Astronomy and a minor in Physics.

BS in Physics

The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for admission to graduate work in physics or astronomy. Students desiring a career in astronomy normally major in physics. The Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics requires 36 credit hours including at least 28 credit hours of upper-level physics courses.

BA in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts degree is for students who plan to specialize in graduate school without sacrificing the advantages of a liberal arts undergraduate education. This degree is also suitable for premedical students and others who do not plan professional careers in physics, including those students pursuing a career in secondary education. Minors are also offered in physics and astronomy. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Physics requires at least 27 credit hours and offers the student several options. Each option includes core courses plus additional courses appropriate to the particular concentration area.

Secondary Certification in Science Education

Students considering high school physics teaching should follow the secondary education option in the Bachelor of Arts curriculum. They should consult the College of Education for information about education courses and programs. Students interested in the program should contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy about options in the major and plan to take the minor in secondary education.

For more detailed information, visit the Physics Department in the Undergraduate Catalog.