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Whether you want to shape the future through teaching, engineering, theoretical research, or anything in between, the Department of Physics has a program for you. Mixing classroom learning with hands-on experience and strong faculty mentorship puts you on the path to a career that makes a difference.The Department of Physics offers two undergraduate degree programs, two pre-engineering degree programs, and a minor program. All of these programs feature high quality instruction, engagement in the greater physics community, and the chance to pioneer new research.
Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in PhysicsThe B.S. in Physics prepares you to take apart the puzzles that perplex society, whether in a lab, a classroom, or other real-world situations. Through your classes, you will develop in-depth problem-solving skills and tackle issues that affect people around the globe. Laboratories stocked with state-of-the art equipment give you the tools you need to put your own innovative ideas into practice. Knowledgeable faculty members are ready to help you clear up the details in and out of class. While the majority of physics majors pursue the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts gives some students a more flexible degree program, particularly when coupled with other B.A. degree programs. Learn more about the B.S. in Physics program of study. Learn more about the B. A. in Physics program of study. Bachelor of Science 3+2 Dual Degree in Physics and EngineeringAlthough FHSU does not have a School of Engineering, the 3+2 Dual Degree program prepares you for a rewarding engineering career while developing your capability to handle rapid advancements in technology. In this innovative program, you spend three years at FHSU developing a strong background in physics and research techniques in a close-knit learning community. This extra year of individual attention and research experience propels you towards the top of your class when you transfer to the college of engineering of your choice. Once you successfully complete two years of engineering courses, you will receive your engineering degree and a B.S. in Physics from FHSU, giving you a competitive edge as you seek employment or begin graduate school. Learn more about the 3+2 Engineering/Physics program of study. Pre-Engineering 2+2 ProgramWhile the 3+2 degree will give you the best real world preparation, the 2+2 Pre-Engineering program lets you focus on your engineering courses. You will be able to take your first semesters of pre-engineering classes required by all engineering schools at FHSU and then transfer to a engineering program to finish your degree without losing any credits. In this program, you learn the foundations of engineering from outstanding faculty members and get personal attention you can’t find anywhere else. Learn more about the 2+2 Engineering program of study. Bachelor of Science in Physical Science and Teacher EducationDo you want to share your passion for science with future generations? The B.S. in Physical Science combines teacher education classes with in-depth science courses making you an asset to any classroom. Increase your versatility by choosing two emphases from Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics. This program is excellent preparation for teaching at a high school or middle school level. If you would prefer to focus your studies on teaching Physics without a second emphasis, a B.A. in Physics and Teacher Education is also available. Learn more about the B.S. in Physical Science and Teacher Education program of study. Visit the Department of Teacher Education Web site.
B.S. in General Science – Concentration in PhysicsThe B.S. in General Science offers you a flexible, broad-based education in the core disciplines of biology, chemistry, geosciences and physics, while allowing you to deepen your knowledge and skills in one or more of those concentration areas. This degree program is ideal for students who have wide-ranging interests in the physical and life sciences who wish to pursue a variety of career fields, such as lab assistants, pharmaceutical representatives, medical equipment sales or manager in a technical field. This degree is not recommended for students interested in pre-medicine, pre-veterinary or pre-pharmacy majors, but may be appropriate for pre-dental and pre-OT/PT majors. Learn more about the program of study for the B.S. in General Science – Concentration in Physics.
Bachelor of Science in Physical ScienceIf your destiny lies somewhere between the classroom and the research laboratory, you should consider the B.S. in Physical Science. By choosing two emphases from Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Science, you gain a broad foundation of knowledge and the tools you need to dissect problems as they arise. Effective solutions to widespread issues, like meeting the energy needs of a growing world, may be found in your office, not a lab or a classroom. The B.S. in Physical Science will help you turn your passion into a force for change. Learn more about the B.S. in Physical Science program of study.
A minor allows you to perfect your problem-solving skills while maintaining your degree focus. You will take 20 credit hours of Physics classes including Physics I and II as well as Concepts of Modern Physics or Atomic Physics. You can choose the rest of the courses for your minor from the range of interesting and innovative classes offered by the Department of Physics.
A certificate adds value to your degree program by building your knowledge and skills in a particular topic area, giving you an advantage in the workplace or allowing you to explore a passion. Currently, the Department of Physics offers one certificate in Energy Science. With these courses, you will gain insight into how physics, geosciences, and economics influence our current energy situation, and how you can make things better.
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