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Physicists seek to understand nature at the most fundamental and quantitative level. The physics curriculum provides a broad background in scientific inquiry, quantitative problem solving, emerging research frontiers, and communication skills.

Students can pursue either a B.S. or a B.A. according to their career goals. The B.S. is recommended for students interested in graduate study or in leadership or technical positions in industry or government. It may lead to a 5-year B.S./M.S. for qualified students.The B.A. allows students to pursue a more flexible program with a strong background in physics. It is ideal for students interested in science-education certification or as a pre-med or pre-law degree.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research opportunities. Many of these projects are highly interdisciplinary. Internships and study-abroad experiences can be arranged.

The department offers excellent computer facilities and a student machine shop.

Major Options

  • Physics Education
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law