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Physics, BS

Physics student looking through microscope

TOOLS OF THE TRADE Brian Ford uses equipment in a physics lab. The Physics Department’s equipment and facilities offer students access to and experience with tools of the trade they will find in the workplace.

Uncover the answers, unravel the mysteries with physics

Physicists study the natural world, from the tiniest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. They do experiments to discover the laws of nature. They study what things are made of matter and how things behave. They also learn about energy, studying how it changes from one form to another.

Some physicists focus on theories. They ask bigger questions about the world around them. They might ask what causes gravity, or what the shape and size of the universe is. Then, they use observation and mathematics to find the answers.

While at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Physics majors in the BS degree program take courses in electromagnetism, mechanics, statistical mechanics, electronics, quantum mechanics, and solid state and/or nuclear physics.

  • Gain a comprehensive foundation so you can determine what type of physicist you wish to become.
  • Probe the structure and behavior of matter through undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Delve into computer modeling of semiconductor processes to improve the performance of microchips.
  • Stretch your boundaries by pursuing cross-disciplinary research in areas of bio-, chemical-, or geophysics.
  • Physics Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 56
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2370
  • Fax: 724-357-3804
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.