Physics (BS)
Accelerated Program

Physics is concerned with the nature, structure and interactions of matter and radiation. The BS degree program in physics provides students a solid foundation in physical science and mathematics, which is also appropriate for further graduate study in physics, other sciences or engineering programs.

Degree Offered

Physics (BS)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of


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Career Outlook

The broad range of applicability of the principles of physics gives the physicist great flexibility in a choice of career or further education. About half of the graduates with a bachelor's degree in physics go on to graduate school in:

  • astronomy
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • physics

The other half go directly into employment in areas such as:

  • business
  • education
  • engineering
  • materials science

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Astronomers 10%$100,590
Computer Hardware Engineers5.5%$115,120
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.2%$114,520
Nanosystems Engineers 6.4%$97,250
Nuclear Engineers 3.8%$105,810
Physicists 14.5%$118,830
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$87,340
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Software Developers, Systems Software 11.1%$107,600
Software Developers, Applications 30.7%$101,790

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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