Illuminate the Mysteries of the Universe

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the captivating world of physics with our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics program. Designed to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education, our program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to thrive in the field.

As a student pursuing a BS in Physics, you will delve into a diverse range of fascinating subjects, including mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, astrophysics, and particle physics. Our carefully crafted physics curriculum combines theoretical foundations with practical applications, offering a well-rounded education that prepares you for exciting career prospects. The B.S. offers three distinct concentrations tailored to your unique aspirations and career goals.

  • Broad Track: Includes coursework introductory to condensed matter, particle physics and gravitational physics. Ideal for students planning to pursue graduate degrees in physics or engineering.
  • Professional Track: Includes advanced hands-on skills and business coursework in law, management and entrepreneurship. Ideal for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
  • Astronomy Track: Ideal for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Ideal for students who wish to prepare for a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

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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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Hear From An Alum

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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

Prepared For Anything

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. 

Required Courses

Below is a comprehensive list of the required courses offered in our Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics program. These courses form the foundation of your physics education, providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the field.
  • PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics 1
  • PHYS 211L General Analytical Physics 1 lab
  • PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics 2
  • PHYS 212L General Analytical Physics 2 lab
  • PHYS 302 Optics
  • PHYS 312 Optics lab
  • PHYS 374 Modern Physics
  • PHYS 332 Electronics 
  • PHYS 350 Math Methods
  • PHYS 401 Thermal Physics 
  • PHYS 404 Solid State Physics
  • PHYS 105 Career Development
  • PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics
  • PHYS 461 Mechanics 
  • PHYS 464 Advanced Lab 
  • PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism 
  • PHYS 473 Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 475 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 482W Particle Physics 
  • PHYS 491 Introductory Materials Science 1
  • PHYS 499W Senior Research
  • MATH 115 Calculus 1
  • MATH 116 Calculus 2
  • MATH 215 Calculus 3
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 314 Differential Equations
  • Elective math: numerical analysis or approved statistics
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 121L General Chemistry 1 lab
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 122L General Chemistry 2 lab
  • ENG 302W Science Writing