Department of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Program Overview

Physics, the most fundamental of the natural sciences, forms the basis of study upon which the other branches of science are founded. Physics is concerned with the fundamental behavior of matter and energy. Classical physics encompasses the fields of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, and optics. Modern physics is concerned with the study of atoms and molecules, atomic nuclei, elementary particles; the properties of liquids, crystalline solids, and other materials; as well as the areas of relativity, cosmology, and the large-scale structure of the universe.

The undergraduate Physics curricula provide students with a strong background in the classical areas of physics as well as an introduction to the more important aspects of modern physics. The Bachelor of Science curriculum is directed toward preparing students for graduate study, ultimately leading to the PhD degree or toward research and development work in industrial or governmental laboratories. It also provides a good background for graduate study or industrial work in many areas or engineering, physics, and applied science.

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics program is ideal for students interested in acquiring a broad-based liberal arts education that includes a strong and solid understanding of either science or a broad exposure to engineering with a strong physics foundation.

The Biophysics Concentration offers an excellent preparation for medical school or graduate work in biological sciences. It includes the flexibility of selecting courses in chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and mathematics. This concentration also provides the necessary background for employment in industry, manufacturing, and instrumentation for clinical or molecular biology applications.

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