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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.


A Physics Major (B.S. or B.A.) 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 for students interested in the area of applied physics and/or who plan to attend graduate school in engineering. Career opportunities include the following:
Graduate School in Physics
Graduate School in Engineering
Employment in Various Technical Fields

The Medical Physics Major (B.S.) is designed for students interested in pursuing a physics-related career in the health sciences. The program is interdisciplinary, offering a diverse curriculum combining courses from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science areas. Medical Physics is designed particularly to prepare students who want to pursue graduate careers in nuclear medicine, radiation oncology and diagnostic radiology. This program requires no minor. As a career in medical physics requires a post baccalaureate degree, students need an undergraduate background that will make them competitive for admission and success in advanced degree programs. Students graduating from this program will receive a B.S. degree in Medical Physics on graduation.