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Bachelor of Science


The Bachelor of Science in Physics is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Physics.

All physics majors study the foundations of physics which include classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and statistical physics. Physics majors learn to be problems solvers, and to think rigorously and analytically. 

Physicists become patent attorneys, doctors, and financiers. They have invented many of the fundamental technologies we rely on daily like electric motors, generators, lasers, and medical imaging systems. Physicists even invented the World Wide Web—originally as a method for sharing data with collaborators around the world.

In our program, you’ll take several courses in mathematics and chemistry. Depending on your career goals, you may also take additional courses in chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or additional math and physics courses.

Physics majors often cross over into other fields with great success. Students interested in pre-med who major in physics score higher on the MCAT (on average) than pre-meds who major in other fields.

Our undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research. At the end of the program, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in a capstone experience completed in the physics research laboratory.  You can choose programs in optical physics, solid state physics or biological physics. 

Concentration in Biophysics

Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Physics have the option of a biophysics concentration. The biophysics option is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in medicine, or those who wish to work in one of the many careers requiring an interdisciplinary knowledge of physics and biology which include biomedical engineering, biophysical research, and medical technology, to name a few.

Offered at IUPUI by School of Science

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