The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three major degree options: a BS in physics, a BS in physics and astronomy, and a BA in astronomy. The BS degrees are intended for students who wish to prepare for graduate school in a scientific or technical discipline or who are interested in professional careers in which a background in physics or astronomy is appropriate. The BA degree are designed primarily for students who wish to develop a general scientific background appropriate for many careers including health-related professions or MBA programs. The Certificate in Photonics may be added by students in the bachelor of science physics program.
Students planning to pursue a degree within the department are urged to consult a departmental advisor at any time during the freshman year and should obtain a copy of the department’s brochure for undergraduates in 100 Allen Hall.
*The department offers the physics minor, best suited for students from other schools. The department wishes to emphasize that its 0080s courses, in both physics and astronomy, use little mathematics and are especially designed for liberal arts students.
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