Physics Bachelor's Degree Overview
Physicists try to understand the laws of nature, the structure of matter and the behavior of the physical processes. They try to find the keys to the universe's secrets. Physics is the basis for the other sciences and modern technology. It is responsible for solar power, microelectronics, lasers, optical communications and nuclear energy.
UTphysics majors choose between a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts degree. They can concentrate in physics, astrophysics, applied physics, biomedical physics or an individualized concentration designed with a departmental adviser’s help. This might include biophysics, computational physics, geophysics, physics and philosophy.
Students use modern research facilities such as the Ritter 1-meter telescope, the accelerator labs, the thin-film growth labs, the A&S Instrumentation Center, and many spectrometers, lasers and computers. They help conduct research in photovoltaics, fast ion beams, plasma devices, stellar and galactic astrophysics, relativistic atomic structure and the physics of the DNA molecule.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Highlights
- Low faculty-to-student ratio - Most of our students work one-on-one with faculty members, which can lead to great recommendation letters for jobs or graduate school.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs in every major - Our college offers strong graduate programs, if students want to continue their education. The presence of graduate degrees in each major also boosts the prestige of the undergraduate programs.
- Longest-running exchange program - Students have the chance to spend a semester or year at the University of Salford in England, while those students come to UT and enrich our programs with an international perspective.
- Top-notch labs, spaces and equipment - We have some of the premier science facilities on campus — greenhouses, wet and dry labs, an arboretum, the Lake Erie Center on the banks of the lake and the Ritter Planetarium, which was fully renovated in 2011 - just to name a few.
- More chances for undergraduate research - We help students get into the lab and start researching with faculty members as undergraduates, whereas some schools don't offer this until graduate school.
Graduates find opportunities in a wide variety of industries such as solar energy, electronics, computer science, optical communications, law and business. Physics graduates tend to advance quickly and find rewarding careers because of their strong background in fundamental science.
Physics Bachelor's Degree Curriculum