Physics Major

Students in Introductory Physics Lab Launch a Rocket

The physics major is intended to prepare you for advanced study in physics or engineering, for teaching high school physics, for a career in industrial research and development, government research laboratories, or any career involving quantitative problem solving and analysis.


  • Project-based labs, similar classes and research projects beginning as early as your freshman year, you will have first-hand appreciation of physics as experimental sciences.
  • The General Physics Lab is where general physics courses are held. The lab also allows you to do experience and research involving lasers atomic laser spectroscopy & optics in the Laser Lab.
  • The Electronics & Modern Physics Lab contains various electronics instrumentation, two lock-in amplifiers, a large electromagnets, a fiber optic spectrometer, and instrumentation for measuring electron charge-or-mass, blackbody radiation, magnetic torque and Planck's constant.
  • The Physics Research lab provides research space for individual and club projects.

Jobs and Internships

  • 3M Company
  • John Deere
  • NASA
  • Pioneer Hi Bred International, Inc.
  • The Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University

Courses Required

  • Phys 191 General Physics I
  • Phys 192 General Physics II
  • Phys 230 Modern Physics
  • Phys 271 Experimental Physics I (.5 course)
  • Phys 370 Physics Seminar (.25 course)
  • Phys 385 Capstone Completion (no credit)
Choose two of the following four courses:
  • Phys 310 Thermal Physics
  • Phys 320 Classical Mechanics
  • Phys 340 Electromagnetic Fields
  • Phys 360 Quantum Mechanics
Choose two and a half courses:
  • Physics Electives 200-level or above
Required Supporting Courses:
  • Math 151 Calculus I
  • Math 152 Calculus II
  • Math 251 Calculus III
  • Math 345 Differential Equations
In addition to the required courses specified above, physics students are encouraged to consider additional physics electives according to their career goals as well as the following supporting courses: Math 255 Linear Algebra, CmSc 150, (155) Fundamentals of Computing I (II), and Chem 101 (102) Bonds and Structures I

A Physics Success Story! Meet

Austin Roy ’13- Teaching Physics To Future Generations

2013 Simpson Grad Austin Roy achieves success at Dallas-Center Grimes High School

2013 alum Austin Roy uses his professors passions to instill the same drive In others.