Majoring in Physics

Earning a bachelor’s degree in physics might lead to work in fields as varied as astronomy, finance, engineering, or computer science (or, of course, in physics!). Many who earn a bachelor’s degree in physics go on to complete advanced degrees in medicine, law, engineering, or in science fields such as astronomy, biology, engineering, and physics. Because earning a bachelor’s degree in physics requires a broad spectrum of courses in mathematics and science, students who earn this degree are particularly adaptable and ready for a wide range of work or further study options.

If you would like to learn more about reasons to study physics, you might check out the American Physical Society website here:

Why Study Physics?

Most universities recommend community college transfer students intending to major in physics take courses in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science in addition to the Engineering Physics sequence. The courses listed below are appropriate for a bachelor’s degree in physics, but as for all transfer programs, consult your transfer university for required related instruction.

Recommended Pre-Major Courses for Physics

Course Description Credits
CHEM& 161 General Chem w/Lab I 5
CHEM& 162 General Chem w/Lab II 5
CHEM& 163 General Chem w/Lab III 5
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
MATH& 152 Calculus II 5
MATH& 163 Calculus 3 5
MATH 220 Linear Algebra 5
MATH 230 Differential Equations 5
MATH& 254 Multivariable Calculus 5
PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics w/Lab I 5
PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics w/Lab II 5
PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics w/Lab III 5

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