Physics students work in the lab

Equipped to succeed

Prepare for a career as an educator, physicist, engineer, and more

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Physics students collaborating

Advanced training

Receive hands-on learning experiences in state-of-the art laboratories and classrooms

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Physics student

Knowledge in motion

Study physics concepts such as mechanics, thermodynamics, and magnetism

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Offered by: Physics and Engineering

SRU's Physics program includes two majors and one minor. The BA major prepares you for employment in high school teaching, industry, or graduate studies leading to a master's degree. The BS major is a more technical degree where you'll receive advanced training in physics, mathematics, scientific computing, and other sciences.

No matter what your intended career path, SRU will help you achieve your goals with our dedicated faculty, hands-on learning experiences, and state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facilities.

Why Choose Physics?

Are you curious about how things work? Do you like to be challenged? If that sounds like you, then a Physics degree might be a good fit. Here are a few more key reasons you should pursue a Physics degree at SRU:

  • 99% placement rate of graduates into graduate schools, high school teaching, and industry
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment used at all levels
  • Relaxed and informal environment, and extensive "face time" with faculty
  • Many out-of-class opportunities including research projects, internships, service learning, and mentoring
  • Hands-on, student-centered learning at all levels

What Will You Learn?

As a student in the Physics program at SRU, you'll learn physics concepts such as:

  • Mechanics
  • Optics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluids
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Modern physics
  • Relativity
  • Quantum mechanics

You'll also master skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Laboratory skills
  • Scientific computing

Careers In Physics

The analytical skills you'll develop as a Physics major at SRU will make you versatile and adaptable, so you will have the foundation and credentials to work in fields like:

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science (including the video game industry)
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Government

A physics degree will also provide excellent preparation for graduate programs in several areas, including:

  • Physics
  • Education
  • Astronomy or astrophysics
  • Engineering
  • Computer science

Clubs & Organizations

  • Physics Club
  • Sigma-Pi-Sigma: The Physics Honor Society