Degree Programs

A curriculum that balances rigor and flexibility.

In addition to fostering your curiosity of and knowledge about the universe, Physics and astronomy programs of study help you develop the technical and analytical skills that are highly sought after in many workplaces: industry, technology and engineering firms, government labs, academia, law practices, hospitals, and schools. We offer several degree options to meet your goals and interests.

All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences complete at least 124 total credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Majors in Physics and Astronomy

There are four different options a student may choose to pursue. All four options share 19 credit hours of required courses in common, making it easy for students to switch from one to another if their career objectives change.


This degree offers a broad background in basic physics to students pursuing a second major or minor in any discipline, including arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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This degree program highlights students’ interest and preparation in astronomy. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in astronomy generally complete about 40 credit hours in the department – the number required for a stand-alone astronomy major with no minor or second major.
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This versatile major plan can be tailored to many interests through elective courses and optional concentrations. Faculty advisors can help students to accomplish double majors efficiently. A stand-alone physics major (with no minor or second major) requires 40 hours of physics credits.
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The program is designed for students who are interested in teaching physics in secondary education, allowing them to take most of the core physics courses while still having room to take education courses.
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Minors in Physics

All minors require a minimum of 16 credit hours.

An overview of important topics in physics.
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An applied-science minor, focusing on the action of forces on bodies and the properties of matter.
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Courses of special interest in the design and development of electronic devices.
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