Assistant Professor and Director of Instructional Labs Dr. Michael Huster and students in GAP lab.

Physics Programs

The Department of Physics at Duquesne University offers two degrees in the major: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA).

The Bachelor of Science (BS) combines a strong mathematical foundation with an intense physics curriculum comparable to that of large physics programs nationwide. Students in the BS degree opt among three tracks according to their career plans: broad, professional, and astronomy. All tracks share as much as 80% of the 126 credits in the curriculum, so there is no pressure in the decision process. And, because of the strength of the mathematics requirements, BS candidates are able to double-major in mathematics without any additional credit load - by appropriate choices of free electives. All tracks require a research project and prepare graduates competitively for

  • Graduate studies in physics
  • Graduate studies in professional fields (most commonly medicine, law, engineering, education)
  • Professional employment in science and technology businesses

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) consists of 120 credits of which 21% are free electives. This degree is suitable for students with broad interests, and is very valuable as a second degree for mathematics majors. The BA serves especially well

All programs require a 15-credit basic physics sequence during the freshman and sophomore years consisting of two semesters of general physics, one semester of optics and one semester of modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics). The bachelor of arts requires a minimum of 32 physics credits. The bachelor of science requires a minimum of 50 physics credits and a research experience. The mathematics, computer science and chemistry requirements are the same for all programs, as are the university core of general education requirements.

Associate Professor Dr. Fatiha Benmokhtar and physics studentsIn relation to bachelor programs housed in large graduate departments, our physics programs offer the advantages of a small student/faculty ratio and high standards of undergraduate education. A typically small enrollment allows us to offer opportunities of funded undergraduate research and employment as tutors, lab assistants or undergraduate teaching assistants to most students in the program.

Physics programs at a glance

BS BA Physics Teacher Binary Engineering
degree BS BA BSED, BSED+BA, or BA+MAT BA+BS Engineering
duration 4 years 4 years From 8 to 11 semesters 5 years
min UG Duquesne credits 126 120 120 120
min total physics credits 50 32 32 32
prescribed physics credits 38 15 15 15
physics elective credits 12 17 17 17
min research requirement one semester none none none
math credits 21 21 21 21
computer science credits 3 3 3 3
chemistry credits 10 10 10 10
general education credits 25 25 25 25

Bachelor of Science Program

Bachelor of Science Program

Bachelor of Arts Program

Bachelor of Arts Program

Physics Teacher Programs

Physics Teacher Programs

Binary Engineering Program

Binary Engineering Program