Undergraduate Academic Programs
We offer many opportunities for undergraduates to learn about and become involved with physics, astrophysics and biophysics. While there are many courses for students at all levels of scientific interest, the Department offers the following degrees:
BA in Physics
This program offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of physics while allowing the student plenty of flexibility to combine the program with another course of study.
BS in Physics
This program will prepare the student for a career as a practicing physicist, by preparing students for graduate level education in physics or a related field, but also for working in environments that require scientific and critical thinking, and/or problem solving.
BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics
This program gives an overview of different aspects of modern astronomy and astrophysics, and provides hands-on experience with analysis of data from state-of-the-art telescopes and satellites. It will prepare the student for graduate level education in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a related field; and work in environments that require scientific, critical and creative thinking, and/or problem solving.
BS in Biophysics
Understanding life processes can be approached through a quantitative study of protein networks and the interactions between individual molecules. This program emphasizes the connections between Physics and Biology at an early point and gives the student the tools to understand life processes from a new perspective.
Minor in Physics
More than an introduction but less than a full course of study, the Minor in Physics will provide the student with a working familiarity of physical concepts and the critical analysis tools commonly used in the study of physics. This minor would complement virtually any course of study.
Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics
More than an introduction but less than a full course of study, the Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics will provide the student with a working familiarity of astronomical concepts, and prepare the student for work environments that require scientific, critical and creative thinking, and/or problem solving. This minor would complement virtually any course of study.
Minor in Biophysics
Students interested in biology or bioengineering would be well advised to become familiar with the way life processes can be understood through physics at both the macro- and microscopic levels. This minor program will provide that familiarity.