Bachelor of Science in Physics

“What kind of jobs can I get with a physics degree?”

Physics degree jobs are as varied as they are exciting and challenging. Physicist, metallurgist, forensic scientist and nuclear physicist are just a few of the careers a B.S. physics degree can prepare you for.

You could work in space travel or design methods for medical imaging. Harnessing the power of physics has revolutionized our lives, and studying this exciting branch of science will prepare you for advanced studies in engineering, computer science, mathematics or medicine--or for careers in industry or education.

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Why a degree in physics from ACU?

ACU physics students gain extensive experience as undergraduates. Not mere observers of physics research, they are active, well-trained participants entrusted with key responsibilities in their work with faculty members and international scientists at national research laboratories.

Our bachelor of science physics program offers four tracks to allow you to focus your studies, as well as a teacher certification option.

Jeff Kimble

To understand what Dr. Kimble does for a living, you can’t picture him working in a lab.

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What can you do after graduation?

  • Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Metallurgist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Technology Director
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Particle Accelerator Operations Analyst

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Physics students at ACU participate in many hands-on learning experiences, including:

  • Summer internships at national labs
  • Research assistantships
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Service-learning trips
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Caleb Hicks in the NEXT lab

Caleb Hicks

Hicks has conducted research at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and now ACU's NEXT Lab.

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Professor Rusty Towell being intreviewed for the NEXT lab story

Rusty Towell

Towell, a member of the ACU faculty for 17 years and a former department chair, is director of ACU’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab.

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Students studying test results in the NEXT lab

ACU NEXT Lab

A box of Morton’s salt sitting on a table and mention of a Crock-Pot makes visitors to ACU’s NEXT Lab wonder if they are in the right place.

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Degree Details

Physics (BS)


Tracks

Medical Physics (PHYS-PHYM)

Engineering Science Technology (PHYS-PHET)

Engineering Physics (PHYS-PHYN)

Computational Physics (PHYS-PHYC)

Physics (PHYS-PHYS)


Required Hours

Electives: 2-39 credit hours

Total Required: 128 credit hours*

University Requirements: 56 credit hours

Major Requirements: 33-70 credit hours (Choice of 5 tracks)

*Based on track selection


Example Coursework

Electricity and Magnetism

Nuclear Physics

Quantum Mechanics

General Relativity


Minor Available:

Yes


Department

Engineering and Physics


Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st


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