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 sub-specialties, 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;
- effictively 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 towards 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 non-research 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.