Physics Programs

The Department of Physics offers several programs of study to interested undergraduate students:


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Benefits of a Physics major or minor

Physics students

The SPU physics curriculum provides you with the practice and analytical tools necessary to solve complex problems. From introductory courses where you work with faculty to build your own understanding through inquiry-based activities to advanced independent research projects, as a physics student you’ll learn through active engagement and hands-on experience.

At graduation, as a physics student, you are prepared to apply your skills to research, design, or consulting in physics and physics-related fields. In addition, you will possess critical and creative problem-solving skills that can be utilized in vocations far removed from the discipline of physics.

A Physics major or minor will open up doors to a wide array of exciting and challenging careers.

Admission to the major

Admission to the Physics majors requires:

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA (C+) (cumulative in all courses required for the major taken at SPU).
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA (C) must be earned in PHY 2321, and a minimum 1.7 (C-) must be earned in every other course required for the major.
  • You must complete the major requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major.
  • Apply for the major or minor using the online Major and Minor Application form.

Course offerings

From “General Physics” to “Astronomy: Individual and the Universe” to “Global Climate Change: Scientific, Social and Moral Implications,” you can view the physics courses offered during the academic year in the Undergraduate Time Schedule.

Physics careers

A degree in Physics can lead to a broad range of careers. View physics jobs here.

Physics Student Matt G. Hall

Matt Hall, Class of 2017, examines claims about Antarctica’s climate.

Physics student Barrett Estep investigating the vegan climate footprint

Are vegan climate footprint claims true? Barrett Estep, Class of 2017, investigates.