Physics Bachelor’s Program Curriculum Overview

The physics bachelor's degree program places a strong emphasis on applied physics and quantum information sciences with extensive course offerings and early research opportunities in optics and quantum information. In these courses, students can design and analyze quantum algorithms, simulate orbital dynamics of planets and satellites, analyze the operations of a jet engine, or program a microcontroller.

Students get hands-on research and design experience through a six-semester design sequence called SKIL (Science Knowledge Integration Ladder), where they work on projects that foster independent learning, innovative problem solving, collaboration, teamwork, and knowledge integration under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The SKIL sequence starts in the sophomore year with projects that integrate basic scientific knowledge and concepts; in the junior and senior years, the projects become more challenging and the level of independence increases.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Use analytical reasoning
  • Create mathematical modeling of real world systems
  • Design and use electronic and optical instrumentation
  • Design computer simulations

Sample Core Course Topics Include:

  • .Quantum Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optics
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics

Sample Elective Course Topics Include:

  • Atomic Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Experimental Quantum Information

A full list of concentrations and specific courses are available in the academic catalog.