As you pursue your BS in Physics, you'll delve into a diverse range of fascinating subjects, including mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, astrophysics, and particle physics. The program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive and rigorous education, equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to thrive in the field.

Our carefully crafted physics curriculum combines theoretical foundations with practical applications, offering you a well-rounded education that prepares you for exciting career prospects. With three distinct concentrations tailored to your unique aspirations and career goals, you have the flexibility to choose the path that best suits you:

  1. Broad Track: This track includes coursework introductory to condensed matter, particle physics, and gravitational physics. It's ideal for students planning to pursue graduate degrees in physics or engineering.

  2. Professional Track: If you're looking to enter the workforce immediately after graduation, the Professional Track is for you. It includes advanced hands-on skills and business coursework in law, management, and entrepreneurship, providing a practical edge to your education.

  3. Astronomy Track: Tailored for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation or those preparing for a Ph.D. in astrophysics, this track offers a specialized focus on astronomy.

Choose your path and let our BS in Physics program be the foundation for your exciting journey into the world of physics and beyond.

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Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program provides a solid foundation in the core areas of physics. Hands-on laboratory experience and research opportunities enhance the learning experience, allowing students to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios and develop essential scientific skills.

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“My time at Duquesne prepared me for teaching responsibilities, classes, and the research phase of the PhD. I was able to get the tools and connections I needed to succeed in a further academic portion of my career.”

Robert Beharry BS in Physics, '20

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The Student Experience

At Duquesne University, we believe in the power of experiential learning and offer internship opportunities that allow you to gain valuable industry experience and expand your professional network. By immersing yourself in practical settings, you will bridge the gap between theory and practice, enhancing your physics skills and preparing for a successful career in the field.

Graduate Education

Upon completion of the program, a wide array of career prospects awaits you. Whether you choose to pursue a research-oriented path, delve into cutting-edge technologies, or apply your physics expertise in industries such as aerospace, energy, or healthcare, the opportunities are limitless. Your physics education will equip you with critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills highly valued in various sectors. Join our vibrant community of passionate learners, distinguished faculty, and accomplished alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of physics. 

Suggested Course Sequence

This is the suggested course sequence for the Bachelor of Science in Physics degree program.

Undergraduate research is highly encouraged. Our department recognizes the value of research and the significant contributions it can make to the scientific community. Therefore, we provide ample opportunities for students to engage in research projects.

Fall Semester (16 credits) 
  • PHYS 221 + 221L Physics I - Mechanics + lab (5 cr)
  • Essential Questions Seminar (3 cr)
  • MATH 115 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • BRDG 101 Writing and Analysis (3 cr)
  • BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills (1 cr)

Spring Semester (17 credits) 
  • PHYS 222 + 222L Physics II - Electromagnetism + lab (5 cr)
  • CHEM 121 + 121L Chemistry I+ lab (may take in Fall) (5 cr)
  • COSC 150/160/170 Programming (3 cr)
  • MATH 116 Calculus II (4 cr)
Fall Semester (17 credits) 
  • PHYS 302 Optics (3 cr)
  • PHYS 312 Optics Lab (1 cr)
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra (3 cr)
  • PHYS 332 Electronics
  • MATH 215 Calculus III (4 cr)
  • BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 cr)

Spring Semester (15 credits) 
  • Experiential Learning (PHYS 340 UG research recommended) (1 cr)
  • MATH 314 Differential Equations (3 cr)
  • PHYS 374 Modern Physics (3 cr)
  • CHEM 122 + 122L Chemistry II + lab (3 cr)
  • PHYS 350 Math Methods in Physics (3 cr)
Fall Semester (16 credits) 
  • PHYS 461 Mechanics (4 cr)
  • PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism I (3 cr)
  • Bridges course - Cultural Fluency (3 cr)
  • Bridges course - Social & Historical Reasoning (3 cr)
  • MATH 301 Prob & Stats or General Elective (3 cr)

Spring Semester (15 credits) 
  • PHYS 105 Career Seminar (1 cr)
  • PHYS 473 Electrodynamics (3 cr)
  • Physics Elective (3 cr)
  • PHYS 464 Advanced Lab (2 cr)
  • BRDG 102 Writing and Literature (3 cr)
  • General Elective or MATH 308 Numerical Analysis (3 cr)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics (3 cr)
  • PHYS 401 Thermal Physics (4 cr)
  • Bridges course - Ethical Reasoning (3 cr)
  • ENGL 302W Scientific Writing  (3 cr)
  • General Elective (Theology/Philosophy as needed) (3 cr)

Spring Semester (14 credits) 
  • PHYS 499W Senior Research (capstone) (2 cr)
  • Physics Elective (3 cr)
  • Physics Elective (3 cr)
  • General Elective (3 cr)
  • Bridges course - Critical Thinking (3 cr)
  • PHYS 404 Solid State Physics (3)
  • PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics (3)
  • PHYS 475 Adv. Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PHYS 482W Particle Physics (3)
  • PHYS 485 Relativity (3)
  • PHYS 491 Introductory Materials Science I (3)
  • PHYS 502 Adv Optical Theory and Devices (3)

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