Physics

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

Sample Curriculum