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If you’ve always been intrigued by the mysteries and complexities of the material universe, a degree in physics might be right for you.
Physics is devoted to the discovery and exploration of the most basic physical laws governing this universe. As a physics student, you’ll attempt to express these laws in their most elegant mathematical form, so that they can be applied to predict the behavior of all forms of matter and energy, in physical systems that range from the subatomic level of quarks, gluons, nuclei and atoms, all the way out to the astrophysical level of planets, stars, black holes, galaxies, and larger scale structures of the universe.
And you’ll be doing your research in renowned centers, including the Laboratory for Atomic Molecular and Optical Research and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace Particulate Research, which was instrumental in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Undergraduate degree and minor
Our bachelor of science lays the foundation to begin your career or to continue your education for a higher degree in graduate school in physics or another field, such as material science or medicine. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required. Our minor consists of one course in modern physics -- either Physics 2305 or 2311 -- and 12 additional hours of physics courses at the 2000 level or above. The program can be designed to conform to your individual interests and needs.
Our department offers programs leading to two graduate degrees: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.S. degree is available with either a thesis or with a nonthesis option. We also offer M.S. degree for teachers. The doctoral program is designed to prepare the doctoral candidate to engage in independent research at the forefront of science.