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Physics, Bachelor of Science

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Program Overview

The Physics BS program provides students with an overview of the major areas within physics, along with the opportunity to select elective courses that fit their personal interests. The program provides students with many career and educational opportunities.

Students in the Physics program can choose emphasis areas in Physical Science or Physics Secondary Certification. 

Students will understand and apply knowledge of various subfields of physics at the undergraduate level allowing a successful transition to technical fields, including engineering, teaching, business, and graduate studies.

The program is designed to prepare each student to learn independently or use appropriate sources of technical material and to make use of modern scientific and computational tools. Students will be able to analyze and use the scientific method in their future investigations. 

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"As a physics student, you will learn about methods of inquiry, evaluation, and drawing appropriate conclusions. You will gain useful skills that are useful for problem-solving in many applied settings. This will open doors to career opportunities in many different fields."

- Dr. Paul Chacon, Department Chair of Mathematics & Physics

About Physics

Physics is the foundation of all science and technology. The laws of physics have taken mankind to the moon and have been used to help develop semiconductors, superconductivity, lasers and holograms, fiber optic communications, and much more. Physics has enabled scientists to understand their physical world from the tiniest quarks and electrons to the vastness of the cosmos. Physics has been applied to help us contemplate the origins of the universe as well as the development of products that meet human needs. A few of the subfields of Physics are astronomy/astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, cosmology, engineering physics, experimental physics, geophysics, medical physics, particle physics, theoretical physics, quantum computing, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    WHAT KIND OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE TO PHYSICS GRADUATES?

    The Physics program prepares students to work on forefront ideas in science, technology, academia, government, private sector, and graduate studies. Many physics graduates enter fields as Physicist, Physics Researcher, Scientist, Programmer, Project Manager, Engineer, Attorney, Data Analyst, etc.

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    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH THE PHYSICS DEGREE?

    A degree in Physics is designed to be completed in four years. The degree requires the accumulation of 122 credit hours. For students completing in four years, the schedule usually involves 30 credit hours per academic year or 15 hours per semester. Some students finish more quickly by taking additional courses in the summer. Others with demanding work or family commitments may take longer to finish.

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    AM I QUALIFIED FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

    You may be qualified for one or more scholarships offered by CSU Pueblo. You must have an updated FAFSA on file with Student Financial Services. Visit the Scholarships page for more information. 

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    WHO CAN I TALK TO ABOUT MY FINANCIAL AID OR MY BILL?

    It is important to check your PAWS account regularly to ensure your aid and bill look correct. Student Financial Services is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available via phone at 719.549.2753 email at financialaid@csupueblo.edu, and take walk-ins. 

Vaccination Requirement and Exemptions

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The university's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy includes the COVID-19 vaccination unless an exemption is filed.

Department of Mathematics & Physics

Faculty and Staff

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