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School of Science & Engineering


The physics major at Anderson University develops an understanding of the nature and order of the physical world and the logical application of scientific methods in discovering this order. This major prepares students for graduate school, secondary-level teaching, or other employment. It also works well alongside majors in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and the pre-health professional program.


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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

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Program Options

AU offers two degrees in physics.

  • BA in Physics
  • BS in Physics

What courses will I take?

The 70-hour Bachelor of Arts major includes courses like General Physics (PHYS 2240) and General Physics II (PHYS 2250), which introduce the concepts of physics and are designed primarily for science, pre-medicine, computer science, and mathematics majors. A minor or major in mathematics is essential for all physics majors who plan to pursue graduate school or careers in areas of applied physics. Students who plan to teach high school physics and physical science do not need a minor in math, unless a math teaching certification is also desired.

In general, the following courses or their equivalent should be taken as early as possible:

  • Calculus I & II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus III
  • Modern Physics Laboratory

Students planning to major in physics should consult the chair of the department as early as possible.

View the courses required for the physics major.


What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Many physics majors go into research, but there are a vast number of industries that need physicists:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computing & IT
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Materials
  • Technology
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