Undergraduate Physics Program

Physics B.S.

The Department of Physics awards a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics which provides students with a high quality, broadly-based education. Physicists are typically employed in high-tech, research and development positions in industry, government laboratories or education. For more information on careers in Physics, check out the American Physical Society's website for career pages for physics students and those interested in career opportunities with a physics degree. There are nine hours of science or engineering electives plus 19 additional free electives which gives students the flexibility to choose a minor or to tailor their education to their career choice.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Physics

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of physics including classical and quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply fundamental principles of physics in a variety of advanced topics such as condensed matter, materials science, signals analysis, optics, and computational physics.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a research environment, including the use of instrumentation and computer, experimental design, and analysis of results.
  4. Develop problem-solving skills using mathematical and computational tools as applied to the solution of physical problems.
  5. Collaborate effectively and productively in teams for research and applications of physics.
  6. Effectively communicate physics in both written and oral form.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for physics is an overview of courses required to complete the degree program.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Research

There are many opportunities for undergraduates to perform research in our research labs. Check out our research page to find out about the theoretical and experimental projects going on in our department. Contact the individual faculty members to find out about opportunities for paid undergraduate research positions or doing research for credit.

Department of Physics Research

Minor in Physics

An undergraduate minor in physics may be obtained by completing 18 credit hours in physics with a grade of C or better in each course. The last nine hours must be earned at UNO and courses must be approved by the Department of Physics. Upon completion of degree requirements, the minor in physics is listed on the student's transcript.

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