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Physics Bachelor of Science

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student in classAll physics majors study the foundations of the field: classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and statistical physics. They also learn a great deal of mathematics (more than is required for a minor), and a year of chemistry. Depending on individual career goals, physics majors may also take additional courses in chemistry and biology, courses in electrical or mechanical engineering, or additional courses in physics and mathematics.

Physics majors learn to be problems solvers, and to think rigorously and analytically. For this reason, physics majors often cross over into other fields with great success. Pre-meds who major in physics score higher on the MCAT (on average) than pre-meds who major in other fields. Physicists become patent attorneys, doctors, and financiers. Physicists have invented many of the fundamental technologies we rely on daily (from electric motors and generators to lasers and medical imaging systems). Physicists invented the World Wide Web—originally as a method for sharing data with collaborators around the world.

The Physics Bachelor of Science degree is a four year program consisting of 124 credit hours and is awarded by Purdue University.

Requirements & Course of Study

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

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Students apply what they’ve learned in a capstone experience completed in the physics research laboratory.  They may choose programs in optical physics, solid state physics or biological physics. Learn more about our unprecedented research opportunities.