Physics Fundamentals

Physics concerns the core workings of the universe, and is the foundation for chemistry, the earth sciences, biological sciences and social sciences.

  •  Core courses provide an understanding of physical principles and their applications as you study:
    • 3650:291,2 Elementary Classical Physics I and II
    • 3650:301 Elementary Modern Physics
    • 3650:322,3 Intermediate Laboratory I, II
    • 3650:340 Thermal Physics
    • 3650:350 Modeling and Simulation
    • 3650:431 Mechanics I
    • 3650:436 Electromagnetism I
    • 3650:441 Quantum Physics I
  • The program can be enhanced in two research areas — chemical physics and polymer physics.

Professional Preparation

With a B.S. degree in physics, you will be ready to pursue graduate studies or a successful career in the workplace. Your options for graduate studies include:

  • physics, biophysics, medical physics, materials science, chemical physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, polymer science/engineering, and many other engineering fields.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative
  • use interactive teaching methods
  • engage students in experimental and theoretical/computational research projects

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Research in the Department of Physics focuses on condensed matter physics, including surface, materials and polymer physics as well as nanoscience and technology.

Research laboratories in the department include those for:

  • Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS)
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)
  • UV Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) techniques
  • Computational research on multiprocessor workstations and linux clusters

Real-world Experience

Work with faculty in national research and government research labs. 

Physics Student Organization 

Interact with other physics students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • UA Chapter of the Society of Physics Students

Curriculum Guide

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For More Information:

Department of Physics

Contact: Dr. Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in physics paves the way to many careers. Entry-level positions require at least a bachelor’s degree; research positions typically require an M.S. or Ph.D. degree.

Possible careers with a bachelor's degree: 

  • research and development laboratories
  • technical sales
  • service and management
  • technical or industrial production
  • technical maintenance and supervision

Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers in:

  • medicine
  • patent law
  • primary or secondary education
  • technical administration
  • library science
  • computer interfacing and software development

Career Outlook

Beyond employment in research and development, those with physics degrees at any level find that their knowledge and abilities in science and mathematics are in strong demand by many employers, especially in today’s “high-tech” environment.

A&S Careers Program

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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