Physics

Programs offered
  • Physics (majors and minor)
  • Physics with Education Focus (major)

When you major or minor in Physics, you study the changes, interactions, and properties of matter and energy. As a result, you learn how physics strongly influences humankind’s understanding of nature and how engineers create new technology based on the principles first discovered by physicists, contributing to the social economics and changes.

The Department of Physics is dedicated to educating and preparing students for a variety of careers in science, education, engineering, and business. We seek to provide a broad program of studies in theoretical and applied physics informed by a Christian worldview, graduating students who are equipped for continued graduate study, professional careers, and service.

Find out more about this department’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Physics (BS)

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The bachelor of science in Physics major provides you with the preparation you need for graduate studies or professional careers in physics.

  • A minimum of 99 credits are required for this major, including 47 upper-division credits.
  • In addition to the course requirements, you must complete a Senior Research Project.
  • “Natural Sciences Capstone” PHY 4899 is offered for 1 credit, but you must take it two times to meet the requirement.
  • The physics curriculum is designed to provide you with the practice and analytical tools necessary to solve complex problems.
  • You will have dedicated teaching laboratories, upper-division research space, and upper-division laboratory facilities in Otto Miller Hall.

Physics (BA) and Physics with Education Focus (BA)

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This option is suited for you if you are preparing to teach physics at the secondary level, or if you are majoring in another science, math, or engineering discipline.

  • A minimum 78–79 credits are required for these majors, including 36 upper-division credits.
  • You will have a variety of laboratory equipment available to support your coursework and independent-study activities.
  • You will have dedicated teaching laboratories, upper-division research space, and upper-division laboratory facilities in Otto Miller Hall.
  • The physics curriculum is designed to provide you with the practice and analytical tools necessary to solve complex problems.
  • You will learn through active engagement and hands-on experience.

Physics minor

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  • A minimum of 35 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least two physics courses prior to applying for a Physics minor. 

Apply to the major or minor

Admission to a major in Physics requires:

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA, cumulative in all courses required for the major taken at SPU.
  • A minimum 2.0 (i.e., C grade)  in “Intermediate Physics” PHY 2321, and a minimum 1.7 (i.e., C- grade) in every other course required for the major.
  • When applying for the Physics minor, you are required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least two physics courses.
  • Apply for the major or minor using the online Major or Minor Application form
  • You must complete the major or minor degree requirements in effect when you are admitted into the program.

Future teachers

Elementary Teacher Certification

If you plan to obtain elementary Residency Teacher Certification and are interested in physics, you must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in Natural Sciences.

  • This concentration consists of courses in biology, physics, and chemistry.
  • The online application to this major is through the advisor for the mathematics concentration, Dr. Kara Gray (grayk5@spu.edu).

Secondary Teacher Certification

If you plan to obtain secondary Residency Teacher Certification with an endorsement in Physics, you should pursue a BA in Physics With Education Focus, and you must also complete Requirements for Secondary Certification through the School of Education.

If you intend to become a teacher, visit the School of Education for complete information.

Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University

Physics Department

Visit the Physics Department and see how a degree in Physics can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Physics

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

SPU students in a physics class

Apply for a major or minor in Physics

If you are a current SPU student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above in 10 credits of courses that apply to the major or minor, you can apply for admission to a major or minor in Physics.