A Bachelor of Science in Physics equips you with critical problem-solving skills and technical tools to prepare you to work in research and development departments for high-tech companies, in government labs, or as a high school or junior college teacher. You’ll learn about proper methods for conducting research, and you'll develop proven techniques for observing, measuring, interpreting and developing theories to explain physical phenomena using mathematics.
The Department of Physics at the University of Idaho is a leading program due to its renowned faculty. Not only are our faculty members internationally recognized for outstanding research efforts, they are also dedicated to teaching and providing a high quality undergraduate education rooted in personal support and attention.
Through lectures and labs, you’ll learn the fundamentals of scientific problem solving, mathematics skills, physics principles and modeling and simulation. You’ll also gain experience using lab and instrumentation equipment in your exploration of the many subareas of physics, including:
- Classical mechanics
- Optics and Light
- Atomic and nuclear physics
- Quantum mechanics
- Electricity and magnetism
- Statistical mechanics
- Materials science
- Solid-state physics
You'll receive personal attention from our outstanding faculty, with opportunities to fully participate in faculty and graduate student research programs.
To gain a competitive advantage in the job market, many physics majors earn a second degree in a related field, such as:
- Computer and information sciences
- Astronomy and astrophysics
- Education, plus teaching certification
- Law (patent law)