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
- as a pre-med degree,
- as the physics component of our Physics Teacher programs and
- as the physics component of our 5-year dual-degree Binary Engineering program.
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.
In 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|
|computer science credits||3||3||3||3|
|general education credits||25||25||25||25|
Bachelor of Science Program
Bachelor of Arts Program
Physics Teacher Programs
Binary Engineering Program