BS Physics

Learn nature's most fundamental laws to understand the world around us. Through rigorous foundational coursework, you learn to analyze complex problems and gain valuable quantitative reasoning skills that can be applied to any technical field.

Program Description

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 appropriate for further graduate study in physics, other sciences or engineering programs.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students wishing to change their major to physics should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (scale is 4.00 = "A") for all critical classes they have completed.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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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 others 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:


  • Growth: 10.0%
  • Median Salary*: $100,590
  Bright Outlook

Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Growth: 5.5%
  • Median Salary*: $115,120

Materials Engineer

  • Growth: 1.6%
  • Median Salary*: $94,610

Mathematical Technician

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*:

Nuclear Engineer

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $105,810
Green Occupation


  • Growth: 14.5%
  • Median Salary*: $118,830
  Bright Outlook

Physics Professor

  • Growth: 10.0%
  • Median Salary*: $87,340
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: $91,190
  Bright Outlook

Supply Chain Engineer

  • Growth: 6.4%
  • Median Salary*: $97,250
Green Occupation

Technical Writer

  • Growth: 11.0%
  • Median Salary*: $70,930
  Bright Outlook

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

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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