David Boness, PhD, Chair
The Physics Department offers two degree programs, the bachelor of science (BS) and the bachelor of arts (BA). There are two versions of the BA program: the bachelor of arts with a major in physics, and the bachelor of arts with a major in physics and with a specialization in humanities for teaching (BAHT program).
For those who want a career in physics, the bachelor of science in physics program takes the student from classical mechanics through quantum mechanics, including advanced laboratory work emphasizing modern physics. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced work in pure and applied physics in graduate school or in industry, but the degree is also excellent preparation for careers in engineering or computer programming, or for admission to medical, dental, law, or business school. Graduates with the BS degree in physics work in industry, federally funded national laboratories, academic institutions, or other places where a strong problem solving background is valued.
The bachelor of arts program is ideal for those who desire a solid background in physics but who also want the flexibility to pursue other interests. Students planning to go on to teach at the high school level can enter teacher certification and master degree programs in education regardless of which physics degree is earned, but the BAHT program is specially designed for physics majors seeking a career in high school teaching. Note that the BAHT program does not by itself give state teacher certification; further work is needed.