The Physics Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics, a Master of Science (MS) in Physical and Applied Science, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics Education. The (B.A.) in Physics Education is offered by the Physics Department as a dual degree together with the B.A. in Education Physics 9-Adult and meets the state requirements for teaching certification. We also work together with the Math Department to offer a B.S. in Physics with a Math Minor or the option to Double Major in both Physics and Math.
Marshall University prides itself in both excellence in research and teaching. Marshall’s success is partly due to having world-class faculty that are not only experts in their fields of research, but these researchers are also interacting with students in the classroom, passing on their knowledge. The Physics Department is no different. With Marshall being “just the right size university”, the department is successful in having a low student to faculty ratio to enhance the educational experience of our next generation of scientists in the classroom.
The Physics Department has a wide range of research opportunities available for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing research. The topics are very diverse spanning the range from nanoparticles, soft condensed matter research, water filtration, laser and phonon physics, new materials for solar energy conversion, optics and holography, remote sensing, colliding black holes, young sun-like stars, and more, just ask or email one of our faculty.
Physics gives you a well rounded education, with a broad array of knowledge in the physical and natural sciences, including: chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, and engineering. As a Physics Major, you will develop several other traits useful for employment in non-physics fields. You will develop skills in programming, numerical literacy, creativity, and problem solving. Half of physics graduates usually get hired directly into the workforce, the other half progress to graduate school. Other fields open to a Bachelor of Science in Physics include: astronomy, medicine, medical physic, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nuclear engineering, bio-engineering, software analyst, or teaching.
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