Undergraduate Programs in Physics

Physics Student and Professor in Lab

Physics delivers a galaxy of career opportunities

Although physics is one of the world's oldest academic disciplines, it is also a gateway to cutting-edge technologies, discoveries, and abundant career prospects. The subject of physics has played a critical role in the advancement of many technologies, including television, computers, domestic conveniences, and nuclear power. Theoretical breakthroughs often illuminate our fundamental grasp of other sciences and open doors for a wide array of new research and product development. Mastering physics may also lead to a fulfilling teaching position.

Why physics?

The study of physics focuses on the nature and properties of matter and energy. As a result, the topic intersects with many other fields of endeavor. Mechanics sparked the creation of calculus. Industrialization would not have occurred without advancements in thermodynamics.

Problem solving is a key aspect of this profession. This is why the need for physicists continues to expand daily.

Want to make a difference in the world? A physics degree from IUP prepares you for a world of opportunity:

  • Solid-state physicists probe the structure and behavior of solids, while others program computers to create models that improve the performance of semiconductor circuits.
  • Physicists frequently work in teams that seek solutions to complex problems. 
  • The next generation of technologists need teachers, so many graduates discover bright futures in education.
  • What's in a name? Physicists play many roles in the world. Our grads may decide to become biophysicists, chemical physicists, or geophysicists.
  • But don't stop there. Physics majors have also been known to choose careers in medicine and law.

The world needs physics majors

Physicists loom large in government, technology-based industries, and education. They also make important contributions to healthcare, meteorology, and renewable energy. Fascinated by the behavior of financial markets? The skills necessary to build complex predictive systems can open those doors and many others. This is just one reason why there is a demand for accomplished professionals with a BS in Physics.

Expected outcomes with an undergraduate degree in physics

With a physics degree, you graduate with a strong technical background ideal for work in solid-state electronics, electro-optics, or interdisciplinary research.

  • There are six tracks in the physics program. Five programs lead to the BS degree: physics BS, electro-optics and laser engineering concentration, nanotechnology manufacturing concentration, education concentration, and the dual-degree program with engineering. An associate degree is offered in science with an electro-optics and laser engineering concentration.
  • Prepare yourself for laboratory positions in government, industry, and other jobs that demand problem-solving skills.
  • Dual-degree physics/engineering programs are provided in association with Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Start here and move up the ladder of higher education.

All majors are highly successful at finding degree-related employment after graduation. Salaries in the technical fields are among the highest in the nation.

The IUP difference

Physics faculty. Our excellent teacher-to-student ratio creates a tight family atmosphere. Our faculty blends real-world experience and an entrepreneurial zeal with academic excellence, journal and textbook authorship, and international speaking engagements.

Personal attention. Every student is assigned an advisor. Personal attention and guidance keep our students on track so that they become productive career professionals upon graduation.

Superior facilities. We offer students access to sample production facilities for examining thin films and nanoparticles. Our equipment includes a sputtering system, an e-beam deposition system, and a variety of sample preparation support equipment such as scales, centrifuges, and microscopes, to name a few. The students have access to a state-of-the-art cluster computer with 104 cores, 200 GB RAM, and 3 TB of storage.