Physics BA and Physics BS

Physics is the study of the natural world and all its phenomena at the most fundamental level. The field of physics includes a broad range of sub-specialties, such as the study of subatomic particles, the study of the properties of nuclei, atoms, macroscopic systems, as well as the study of the structure and origin of the universe itself.

The BS gives strong preparation for those wishing to attend graduate school in physics or related disciplines and is recommended for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor's degree. The BA is designed for those who are planning for a non-research career in a field that has an important science component. Examples include patent law, environmental law enforcement, medicine or sales or management in a high-technology industry.


Individuals with a degree in physics make careers in the electronics and telecommunications industry, the computer and software engineering industry, and the laser and optical physics industry, as well as in teaching. Often students with bachelor's degrees in physics secure employment in nuclear medicine, diagnostic imaging, the pharmaceutical industry and other related fields. Students may also choose to pursue graduate degrees, concentrating on a particular sub-field within the discipline.


The physics program includes a two-semester introductory sequence in classical physics and three semesters of calculus. This is followed by intermediate level courses in computational physics, mathematical physics, electricity and magnetism, and introductory modern physics. Advanced courses in mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, experimental physics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics follow. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are also available.

Preparation for pursuing a degree in physics at Temple University should include four years of high school mathematics and one year of physics. 

Program Goals

After completing this program, students should:

  • understand fundamental principles of physics and apply these principles to problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and wave phenomena, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, special relativity, and specialized topics
  • have appropriate laboratory skills for the analysis of physical systems. These include data and error analysis, instrumentation, radiation detection, counting statistics, and dimensional analysis.
  • use mathematical methods to study physical models. Such mathematical methods include single and multivariate calculus, coordinate systems (rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical), vector algebra and vector differential operators, Fourier series, ordinary and partial differential equations, boundary value problems, matrices and determinants, and functions of complex variables
  • have appropriate oral and written communication skills that enable students to explain their work to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • have a basic understanding of elementary principles of other natural science such as astronomy, chemistry, biology or geology and their ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems

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Department of Physics 

Physics Program Requirements (B.A.)

Physics Program Requirements (B.S.)

Physics Advising Sheets and Flowcharts


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