Students majoring in physics have two degree options — the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). While both degrees share the same university, school, science, and math requirements, the B.S. requires a research experience and the stronger component of physics coursework. The B.A. degree requires fewer physics credits and more general electives.
Bachelor of Science in Physics
The B.S program offers the choice of a broad track and three specializations — astronomy, condensed matter, and education. Find out more about the B.S. in Physics curriculum.
The B.S. program, with two credit hours of research and a minimum of 39 to 45 credit hours of physics coursework, depending on the track, is recommended for students interested in pursuing employment in science and technology, or advanced degrees in physics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and secondary education.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics
The B.A. degree can be obtained as a stand-alone program, or as part of a four-year B.A./B.S. or B.A./B.A. with chemistry or mathematics, or as part of a 3/2 double-major B.A./B.S. program with engineering from an associate university. Find out more about the B.A. in Physics curriculum.
The B.A. program, with a minimum of 32 credit hours of physics coursework, is suitable for students with a broader range of interests, particularly those planning to attend law, medical, or dental school.
Dual Degree Programs
The Department offers two dual degree programs:
- B.A. in Physics and B.S. in Engineering
- B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Education
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students in the Physics program can enhance their academic experience by taking advantage of several Study Abroad programs offered by Duquesne University.