School of Science & Engineering

Physics

The purpose of study in physics is to obtain an understanding of the nature and order of the physical world while being exposed to the logical application of scientific methods in discovering this order. This study is recommended for physics majors and minors as preparation for graduate school, secondary-level teaching, or other employment; and for chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and pre-medical students to supplement and complement their major fields of study.

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Program Options

AU offers two degrees in physics.

  • BA in Physics
  • BS in Physics
Classes

What courses will I take?

The 70-hour Bachelor of Arts major includes courses like:

General Physics (PHYS 2240) and General Physics II (PHYS 2250) introduce the concepts of physics and are designed primarily for science, pre-medicine, computer science, and mathematics majors. A minor or major in mathematics is essential for all physics majors who plan to pursue graduate school or careers in areas of applied physics. Students who plan to teach high school physics and physical science do not need a minor in math unless a math teaching certification is also desired.

In general, the following courses or their equivalent should be taken as early as possible:

  • Calculus I and II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus III
  • Modern Physics Laboratory

Students planning to major in physics should consult the chair of the department as early as possible. View the courses required for the Physics major.

A full list of courses for the Bachelor of Science major is coming soon.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Many physics majors go into research but there are a vast number of careers in the following industry looking for physicists:

  • education
  • automotive and aerospace industries
  • defense
  • healthcare
  • energy
  • materials
  • technology
  • computing and IT