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Bachelor's Degree in Physics

B.A. or B.S. in physics; B.S. in general physics; minor

Physics is the most fundamental of all sciences, involving the study of matter, energy and the interactions between the two.

Physicists seek to understand and control new forms of energy, develop materials for the next generation of computers and improving medical imaging methods, alongside many other areas of study.

Two biology students in lab coats and safety goggles dissect a heart in a classroom laboratory.

Laboratories offer numerous ways for students to make connections and go far beyond classroom learning.

The K-State difference

K-State's physics department is consistently ranked among the best in the nation and stands out among its peer institutions as a leader in the field.

The department receives approximately $8 million in annual external funding, placing it near the Top 50 physics departments nationwide in National Science Foundation rankings of externally funded research programs.

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Did you know?

Since 1990, 11 physics majors and three physics minors have won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Courses and curriculum

We offer three options for physics bachelor's degrees:

The Bachelor of Science is the best preparation for advanced degrees, but the Bachelor of Science in general physics and Bachelor of Art in physics offer a broad foundation while requiring fewer physics courses, leaving room for other areas of study.

Many physics majors simultaneously pursue an additional major or degree to complement their studies.

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How can I continue my education?

Physics (Minor)
Physics (M.S.)
Physics (Ph.D.)

What can I do with a degree in physics?

About half of graduates immediately begin careers. Careers in performing basic research and careers in teaching at universities, however, generally require the additional training obtained with advanced degrees. Therefore, the other half of the students choose to continue their studies in graduate schools.

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