May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics BS

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This degree seeks to build comprehensive, fundamental knowledge and research training in physics for students with a broad spectrum of interests or aptitudes in mathematics, computing, and natural science who desire to deeply understand the world at the most fundamental levels. The Physics BS is recommended for entry into scientific, technical, or administrative jobs in engineering, industry, law, government, education, medicine, or business that are enhanced by physics problem-solving and analytic skills. This degree is suitable for preparing students for doctoral programs in physics as well as other graduate programs in physics, engineering, chemistry and the life sciences, or professional programs in medicine, law, or business. Students typically complete the degree in 4 years.

Secondary Teaching Certification: Physics majors desiring secondary-teaching certification should also consult with the School of Education (College of Education & International Services). BIOL 165 is required in addition to all other cognates. Program is certified by the Michigan Department of Education.

Total Credits - 120

General Education (Andrews Core Experience)

Students must fulfill all Bachelor’s Degree requirements listed in the Andrews Core Experience .

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students should possess:

  • Demonstrated creativity and higher-order reasoning.
  • Evidence of advanced problem-solving skills using technical and analytical tools and modeling.
  • Scientific writing and communication skills.
  • Interpersonal and team skills.
  • Facility in experimental and theoretical physics methods, results, and applications.
  • Knowledge in classical and modern physics including statistical and quantum mechanics, and electromagnetism.

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