Physics Major

Study the natural world and its phenomena at the most fundamental level with the Bachelor of Science in Physics or Bachelor of Arts in Physics in the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. You will first gain a solid foundation in physics and then focus on more specialized topics. The field includes a broad range of subspecialties, including studies of atoms, macroscopic systems, properties of nuclei, the structure and origin of the universe, and subatomic particles. As part of the curriculum, you’ll also learn elementary principles of other natural sciences, such as astronomy, biology and geology.

By the end of your program, you will have gained the ability to

  • analyze physical systems, including data and error analysis, dimensional analysis and radiation detection;
  • effectively communicate your work to others;
  • study physical models using mathematical methods, including coordinate systems, single and multivariate calculus, and vector algebra; and
  • understand fundamental principles of physics and how to apply them outside of the classroom.

As a Physics Major, you will have the opportunity to undertake independent studies and research projects with your coursework. Learn more about research opportunities.

After graduation, you may pursue a career in industry, research or teaching, depending on whether you have chosen the BA or the BS path.

Choosing between the BA and the BS

The Physics BS is geared toward students who want to attend graduate school in physics or related disciplines. Those who plan to enter a career in science after graduation are also best suited for the BS.

The Physics BA is designed for those who plan to enter a nonresearch career in a field with an important science component. These fields could include environmental law enforcement, management in a high-technology industry, medicine, patent law or sales.

The Physics degree program includes a two-semester introductory sequence in classical physics and three semesters of calculus. From that point, students will take intermediate-level courses in a range of topics such as computational physics, mathematical physics and introductory modern physics.

Learn more about courses and curriculum for the Physics BA and BS.

    Physics professor lecturing to an undergraduate class

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full or part time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

    These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident:  $19,488.00 per year
    Out-of-state: $31,584.00 per year