Degree Programs

Physics students working

The Physics Department offers students a variety of choices in programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) with a Physics major provides both a broad liberal education and a substantial Physics component. The Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Physics provides a stronger Physics component which makes it more appropriate for students who plan to do graduate work or who eventually plan to seek positions in research and development work. There are two tracks in the B.S. degree program: Track I is the traditional Physics program while the new Track II is for Applied Physics. The Applied Physics track is designed to provide the student with a strong background in basic science and mathematics while at the same time developing in them the ability to work in the field of engineering. The Applied Physics track differs from the traditional Physics BS in that it allows electives to be taken from a variety of engineering-type courses, including an internship, as well as courses in business and computing.

For students who desire both a Physics and an Engineering degree, Oswego offers a 3/2 double degree program. Under this program students spend three years at Oswego working towards the Bachelor of Science in Physics before transferring to an undergraduate Engineering college of their choice. Completion of the Engineering degree usually requires two more years. Students gain the Oswego BS in Physics when they have earned appropriate transfer credit, usually at the conclusion of their first year at the Engineering college.

Students may also be interested in a physics minor or our Physics Education Certification (7-12) for those students persuing an education degree with an interest in physics.

For more information on the requirements for these programs please see the Physics Department Chair or the Physics Department Advisement Coordinator and  the online catalog.