Physics Major

Do you want to explore everything from space to lasers to the science of motion?

At a glance

Physics is the study of motion, matter, and energy. It is the most fundamental of the sciences, providing the essential underpinnings for chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. As a Physics major, you’ll work alongside professors to explore the fundamentals of physics, then focus in specific interest areas to research current theories that predict the origin and destiny of the universe.

Degree typeBachelor of Science
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Natural Sciences
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Applied Physics

You’ll study combined fundamental coursework in physics with a selection of courses in a related discipline, such as optics, computers, chemistry, or medical physics. 

General Physics

You get a broad background in physics that serves as a base for later specialization, either in graduate school, education, or in various industries. 

Some Career Options

If you enter the workforce directly after graduation, you can use your training in a variety of settings. The primary employers for our graduates have been large aerospace/defense and electronics companies, as well as software firms and smaller high-tech companies. High school teaching is a possibility; there are several pathways for students with undergraduate Physics degrees to obtain teaching credentials. 

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Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

Warren Jackson, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, at or (970) 491-4519.

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Want a more in-depth look at this major? Take a look at the program website to learn more.