Physics (B.S. and B.A.)

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The Bachelor of Science with a Physics major is designed for students who wish to pursue professional or graduate work in physics or a related area. Students in this major can choose between three concentrations.

  • The professional concentration provides a strong foundation for graduate work.
  • The industrial physics concentration prepares students for careers in industry that require a strong background in physics. The first three years of the industrial physics track mirrors the first three years of the Engineering Transfer Program.
  • The earth and space science concentration provides a strong base for future study in one or more of the Earth and space sciences (astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography).

The Bachelor of Arts with a physics major is designed for students who seek a broad background in physics. Students can choose between three concentrations.

  • The General concentration provides a broad background in physics along with a few courses that examine areas of interest to the student. Typically, this concentration is chosen in coordination with a major in a related field.
  • The Secondary Education concentration mirrors the general concentration but also includes seven additional courses in education. A graduate of this program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in physics for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination).
  • The Engineering Transfer dual-degree concentration includes coursework specifically geared to students wishing to pursue an engineering degree. Students in this program typically transfer after three years to a school with an engineering program. Upon completion of an ABET-certified engineering degree (engineering technology degrees are excluded), the student may also be eligible for the ESU degree (contingent upon certain requirements). In addition, under our agreement with Penn State University, students in certain programs who meet additional requirements are guaranteed acceptance.