The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. We also offer a minor in astronomy and a minor in physics.
Physics is the basic science that underlies all the natural sciences. Discoveries by physicists, like quantum phenomena and the theory of the Big Bang, have transformed our view of the natural world. Inventions like the transistor and the laser have fueled the modern technological revolution. Physicists work in a variety of professions in science, technology, and education. We look forward to more exhilarating breakthroughs in the future – a future full of exciting opportunities for today’s physics students.
Bachelor of Science in Physics
The Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for admission to graduate work in physics or astronomy. Students desiring a career in astronomy normally major in physics. The B.S. in Physics requires 36 credit hours including at least 28 credit hours of upper-level physics courses.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics
The Bachelor of Arts in Physics 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. The B.A. in Physics requires at least 27 credit hours and offers students several options. Each option includes core courses plus additional courses appropriate to the particular concentration area.
Minor in Physics
A minor in physics requires at least 18 credit hours of physics courses. At least 10 credit hours of upper-level courses are required.
Minor in Astronomy
A minor in astronomy requires at least 19 credit hours of astronomy and physics courses. An additional three upper-level hours of physics or astronomy courses are required.
Education Minor and Physics Teacher Licensure
If you are interested in becoming a physics teacher, consider pursuing an education minor and physics teacher licensure through the university’s School of Education. Students interested in teaching at the junior high school and high school levels in public schools across Arkansas must be licensed by the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education in a state-approved subject area. UA Little Rock programs offered by content area in collaboration with the School of Education are designed to prepare students for licensure and successful entry into the teaching profession. Candidates for licensure must complete the program, pass examinations mandated by the state, complete clinical experiences in 7-12 schools or K-12 schools depending on the licensure area, and pass a criminal background check.
Students have the opportunity to conduct materials research involving such topics as micro- and nano-fabrication, solid state physics, bio-materials, smart materials, and more. Students may also engage in astrophysics research. Areas of interest include the nature of central super massive black holes, the amount and distribution of dark matter in galaxies, and spiral structure.