Bachelor of Arts in Physics

What is Physics?

Physics is a natural science investigating observable phenomena at a fundamental level. While we might identify disciplines like astrophysics, biophysics, optical, computational, or condensed matter physics, the value of an education in physics lies in its versatility. Physicists not only find careers in government laboratories, universities, and private industries, but work in a broad range of sectors—from economics, business, and law; to biology and medicine; to technology and engineering—wherever quantitative-modeling and problem-solving skills are needed.

What Can I Do with a B.A. in Physics?

About 60 percent of our physics graduates attend graduate or professional school, specializing in physics, engineering, business, law, education, or medicine. After further education, other careers include those in computational science or the physical sciences such as meteorology or oceanography.

Those students not continuing their formal education can find employment in a variety of scientific, technical, and other fields. High school teaching, military service, or technical sales are some of these options. A physics degree can also provide entry into other fields such as marketing or business operations with technical companies.

Teaching is an especially attractive area of employment for physics graduates today. According to the Association for School, College, and University Staffing, teacher shortages exist in both physics and mathematics, a situation not expected to change significantly over the next few years.lasers

What Courses Would I Take?

Through our degree programs, all physics majors will become proficient in mathematics (at least through calculus) and in programming computers. In addition, our majors develop skills in electronics and advanced laboratory techniques.

The Bachelor of Arts program is broader, allowing you to pursue studies in other areas. The Bachelor of Arts degree is especially useful for students who want teaching certification. It is also a good option for pre-medical students, allowing the flexibility to take other courses in biology and chemistry usually required by medical school in addition to their physics courses. The A.B. is also chosen by those students who want a technical background before entering law or business school.

Three hours of physics courses numbered above 400, (excluding 410, 440, 477, & 480) with written approval of your physics adviser.

Ten hours of related courses with written approval from your physics adviser.

Note: Mathematics and foreign language placement is usually done during Summer Orientation.  Some students may start with Calculus II and/or need only one or two foreign language courses to fulfill.