BS in Physics Programs

The Department of Physics offers a Bachelors of Science in Physics with four program concentrations, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology.

  1. Physics is designed to prepare students for graduate study in physics.  The degree provides the background for graduate and professional studies in medicine, law and other scientific fields.
  2. Engineering Physics is a curriculum based on a core of courses in physics and specialized courses in engineering.  Graduates of this program are well prepared for careers in industry, government, the military, business and other technical areas.
  3. Interdisciplinary Physics allows a student the flexibility to take physics courses and concentrate in another physical area.
  4. Physics Secondary Education leads to teacher certification in Physics and Mathematics at the high school level.  The physics Secondary Education program is accredited by the National council of Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

BS in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

The Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology B.S. program teaches students learning and predicting weather and climate, and prepares them to become highly-skilled for a career in atmospheric science. Details can be found at:

Graduate Program

The School of Graduate Studies through the Department of Physics offers a program leading to the Masters of Science in Physics and a Masters of Science in Computational Sciences with a physics concentration:

The M.S. in Physics provides the comprehensive preparation needed for the pursuit of a Ph.D. in physics or related areas.

The M.S. in Physics degree program offers three options: the thesis option, the course work option and the project option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours which includes 6 semester hours of thesis. The course work option requires a minimum of 33 semester hours plus a comprehensive examination. The project option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours plus 3 semester hours of special project. The department participates in the Ph.D. program in Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Graduate student support is provided by both the University and the Department. Funding is derived from a number of sources including fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. The financial support offered most incoming students is in the form of a teaching assistantship and requires up to 20 hours per week of instructional-related service