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Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • How and Why

    In physics, you’ll ask those questions to unlock a greater understanding of the universe.


In our undergraduate program, you’ll study things big and small to build a broad foundational knowledge of the fundamental laws that govern the universe. Along the way, you’ll learn universally valuable skills, such as how to organize data, how to solve problems, how to manage projects and how to work independently. These skills are important in a variety of careers, including academia and scientific research. 

B.S. in Physics

Physics majors complete coursework that provides a solid foundation in the central areas of physics, such as Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics and quantum mechanics. You can tailor your course of study to your interests by choosing from specialized experimental courses or by designing a research program in consultation with faculty researchers. 
Although many of our graduates go on to graduate studies or careers in physics or astronomy, a physics degree also prepares students for careers in other sciences. It is also ideal preparation for entering professional schools, such as medicine and law. 
The department also offers a physics minor.

Engineering Physics

Our interdisciplinary engineering physics program bridges physics and engineering so you can master fundamental physics and the practical pursuits of engineering. It is designed for physics students more interested in applications of physics and for engineering students more interested in fundamental sciences. 
There are two tracks in engineering physics:  electrical [PDF] and mechanical [PDF]. These applied tracks add a coherent program of engineering courses to basic physics degree requirements. You’ll immerse yourself in the culture of engineering and learn to solve the practical problems that engineers typically encounter. 
Engineering physics program graduates are uniquely positioned to enter a variety of careers or to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering.

Minor in Astronomy

As an astronomy minor, you’ll learn the principles of astronomy and the physical and mathematical concepts behind them while building critical-thinking and problem-solving skills applicable in the modern, high-tech world. You’ll observe the stars, but you’ll also work with professors on important research about distant galaxies and the evolution of the universe. 

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