Degrees Offered in Physics

Minor in Physics

The Minor in Physics is especially designed for students in the pre-health care professions, who must pursue a minor to meet graduation requirements. It provides students with an opportunity to strengthen and broaden their educational credentials, as an enhancement of future employment prospects.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Department of Physics offers coursework leading toward the B.S. degree in Physics or the B.S. degree in Physics with an Area of Emphasis (AoE) in:

  • Applied Physics
  • Bio Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Medical Imaging

Find information about the degree and areas of emphasis by visiting our Bachelor of Science in Physics page.

Emphasis on Physics Secondary Education

The Physics Department works closely with the College of Education and Professional Development, who offers a B.A. in Secondary Education through the Physics 9-Adult program; it is within this program where the Physics Department ensures students are well prepared to become teachers with a strong background in Physics. Please see the College of Education and Professional Development section for the requirements for the B.A. This degree is designed for Physics Teachers, and students with multidisciplinary interests. Although there is a core of required courses, this is a flexible track and we can make adjustments to meet individual preferences.

Double Major in Physics and Another Science

In our physics program, students can easily obtain a Math minor or dual major in Applied Mathematics, or other sciences, together with a B.S. physics degree. If you have interest in a double major or physics major with any other second degree program, we work to facilitate students in this path, including support and custom course scheduling.

Master of Science in Physics (GS80 – physics major)

Within the Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science Program students can declare Physics as their graduate major  (GS80 – physics major), this will lead to a Masters Degree in Physics being awarded from the Department of Physics. Students with an undergraduate degree in physics or related fields are encouraged to apply to this major to advance in their knowledge of physics, and to pursue their career goals in industry, government, or teaching. The Marshall physics master’s major has been designed to meet the needs of students who are either interested in obtaining an M.S. in Physics as their terminal degree, or want to have further graduate study in physics, astronomy, or other fields. A master’s serves as a bridge to a Ph.D. program. Moreover, graduates with an M.S. in Physics usually are hired into positions which require a high level of problem-solving or technical skills, in the federal or private sector.

Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science (GS60)

Within the Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science Program the Department of Physics and College of Science offers a Master of Science in Physical and Applied Science degree. This is a collaborative effort in cooperation with the Departments of Chemistry, Geology, Computer and Information Technology, and Mathematics. The degree program is intended to provide the opportunity for students with diverse qualifications to improve the depth and breadth of their knowledge in the Physical Sciences.

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