The Department of Physics offers the Bachelor of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics. Students are expected to declare their major in this area in their freshman year; students in their sophomore year and students in the Florence program, however, can be accommodated by special arrangement with the department.
The Bachelor of Science is designed as a terminal degree. Students who are considering graduate school studies should plan on taking additional course work. Students should be able to work out a four-year course of study with their advisor that will satisfy graduate school requirements. Physics majors interested in careers in health sciences should discuss course requirements and potential accommodations with a physics faculty member.
Majors in physics are expected to achieve a familiarity with computer programming.
Students planning on majoring in physics and attending medical school should meet with a Physics faculty member as early as possible to discuss course scheduling and potential course substitutions for particular degree requirements. Students may rather elect to earn a B.A. Physics degree. The basic degree requirements for the B.A. Physics degree are essentially the same as the B.S. Physics degree except that rather than choosing two additional upper division PHYS courses, as the B.S. degree requires, the B.A. degree requires two courses from any area that are agreed to by the department chair. The B.A. physics degree is intended to better allow College of Arts and Sciences students to complete double majors, therefore, students who earn a B.A. Physics degree must also be earning a B.A. degree in another College of Arts and Sciences department.
Upon receiving a BS degree in Physics, a student should be able to demonstrate:
- A solid understanding of fundamental physics
- an appreciation for how physics is like and unlike other disciplines
- the ability to investigate both theoretical and experimental problems
- be taught material at the appropriate level
- demonstrate a basic mastery of the course material
- show the level of interest appropriate to a physics major
More information is available on the department's website at: Physics Department Home Page