View information for the Department of Physics, Physical Sciences, and Geology , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.
View below the degree program Roadmaps, which provide a recommended advising map to complete the degree program in four years. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.
The Physics curriculum gives students a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and modern applications of physics. The Bachelor of Science program prepares the student for graduate school, a career in scientific research and development, or industrial work. It is also intended for students preparing for interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level in fields such as astronomy and astrophysics, atmospheric science, biophysics, engineering, environmental science, geophysics, or physical oceanography.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program is designed for students seeking to enter professions requiring a moderate training in physics. The lower-division requirements of both degree programs also may be used to prepare for study in engineering. After completion, the student may transfer to engineering programs for upper-division coursework and study in engineering.