Our bachelor’s degrees encompass everything from the broad spectrum of physics and/or astronomy to specialized research in a field of your interest. Successful graduates from our program take advantage of the research opportunities available in the department and add a minor that brings a unique perspective to their field or career.
The department offers several tracks to the bachelor’s degree in physics or physics and astronomy. In addition, the department offers minor and certificate options. They have rather different goals and provide for a wide range of possible activities after graduation. It is desirable for students intending to major in the department, or simply wondering whether they should, to discuss their plans with one of the department’s advisors as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Russell Clark.
NEW: BS in Physics and Quantum Computing
The BS in Physics and Quantum Computing program is designed to prepare students for the fields of Quantum Information (QI) and Quantum Computing (QC). The major consists of a core program of physics, computer science and QI/QC courses.
Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) Preparation Program
The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Education have collaborated to create a seamless path for undergraduate students to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Teaching degree within five years.
The Three-Term Calendar
The University of Pittsburgh’s academic year is divided into three terms, each lasting approximately 15 weeks. The third term divides into two 6-week sessions or a specific class spans the two as a single session.
This three-term calendar allows students to increase their pace of study. Those who elect to attend all three terms can complete their undergraduate education in 2 2/3 years, instead of the 4 years required under the standard academic calendar. It should be emphasized, however, that this avenue must be carefully planned with the departmental advisor to navigate the required classes' scheduling.
Students who must work in order to remain in school will also find great advantage in the three-term calendar. By attending only the first two terms in the three-term calendar, they may use the four month break for employment purposes.