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The major programs develop versatile skills in theoretical and experimental physics that many employers in technologically oriented businesses and industry find attractive. The bachelor of arts (BA) in physics provides both a broad liberal education and a substantial physics component. The bachelor of science degree (BS) 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. 

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The tracks
The BS program has two tracks -- Track I is the traditional physics program while the new Track II is for applied physics. The applied physics track provides a strong background in basic science and mathematics while at the same time developing the ability to work in the field of engineering. The applied physics track differs from the traditional BS degree in allowing you to take electives from a variety of engineering-type courses, including an internship, as well as courses in business and computing. Learn more

We also offer physics education certification (grades 7 to 12) for those pursuing an education degree with an interest in physics.