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Physics Majors

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The Chemistry and Physics Department is dedicated to helping students discover where they want to go in the sciences. The Department offers three programs in physics. Each program offers a balanced presentation of theory and application. Each track has course offerings designed to allow students to best pursue their objectives. Our programs are designed to give students broad opportunities ranging from health related careers to advanced studies in physics and engineering.

A facet that makes our programs stand out is the variety of opportunities for students. We have a very active learning community between our majors and faculty that gives students opportunities to learn outside the classroom. We offer a wide range of undergraduate research opportunities for our students in both chemistry and physics. A unique aspect of these research opportunities is that the student works directly with a faculty member. Laboratory assistant jobs are available for those interested in earning extra money while obtaining laboratory experience.

Student with laser experiment on guitarA Physics Major (B.S.) is designed for students whose career plans include the following:
Graduate School in Physics
Medical School
Teaching Physics at Secondary School Level
Radiation Physics
Employment in Various Technical Fields
Equipment Representatives

An Engineering Physics Major (B.S.) is a program designed to provide students with a solid foundation and technical skills desirable for success in applied physics and engineering fields. Career opportunities include the following:
Graduate School in Physics
Graduate School in Engineering
Employment in Various Technical Fields

This is an interdisciplinary program with several tracks for students. All tracks involve multiple courses from other areas designed to give our students a solid foundation for them to pursue their goals. The tracks are:

  • The Computational Physics track leans heavily on math and computer skills for students in the fast growing field of computational physics ranging from gaming to simulations in areas such as material science, biomedical engineering, and modeling.
  • The Material Science and Applied Physics track for those students who wish to work in industry or pursue advanced study in an applied physics field or the interdisciplinary field of material science.
  • The Pre-Engineering track is for those students who may wish to pursue engineering related work in graduate school.

The Biophysics Major (B.S.) (Previously Physics Pre-Health) is designed for pre-health related areas such as medical physics, medical school, dental school, biophysics, and graduate work in biomedical science areas.  The program includes the biology and chemistry courses that would prepare students for admission to medical or other pre-health programs while allowing students who wish to pursue other options the flexibility to take courses aimed at their specific career interests.