The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three degrees with various concentrations. In the B.S. in Physics or Physics and Astronomy, aside from the general degree, you may choose to enhance your education by the Education or Graduate School Preparation areas of concentration. In the B.A. in Astronomy, you may also choose the Science Communication or Science Breadth areas of concentration.
We also offer a minor and a Nanoscience and Engineering Certificate. Our Certificate program works in tandem with the Department of Chemistry and the Swanson School of Engineering.
To organize a visit to the Physics and Astronomy Department, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator.
The department offers over six tracks to the bachelor’s degree in physics or physics and astronomy and a Minor.
Courses are designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to physics and astronomy.
Students have an opportunity to consult their advisors, even during the hectic registration periods. Our department offers Undergraduate Advising Information. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to make an appointment with an advisor, stop by the Main Office in Allen Hall, or visit our Online Scheduling Tool.
There are resources available to all undergraduates. A partnership with the Bevier Physics and Engineering Library provides one-on-one reference assistance for those who struggle with research projects. There are scheduled Homework Help days and Peer Tutors for individual classes.
Fellowship and Awards
The Department of Physics and Astronomy annually recognizes the progress and development of our undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships, essay competitions, and research funding. Each of these awards is recorded publicly on a plaque, located on the first floor of Allen Hall.
The department creates a tight-knit community of academics who work together to understand the universe. Extracurricular activities and resources include intra-mural soccer, SPS game nights, group study hours, and a Physics and Astronomy Majors Center available to all majors through proxy-card access.