Physics: B.S. & B.A.
Perhaps you were hooked on physics from the time you learned about gravity and the
speed of light – or when you realized how Isaac Newton’s discoveries set the stage
for science as we know it. Whether to study physics or not isn’t your problem – it’s
what you want to do with it.
Students of physics can be found in just about every field imaginable: engineering, disease diagnosis, mechanical design, climate modeling, computer games, sports, space … and beyond. At Ouachita, studying physics will broaden your problem solving, analysis and critical application skills, all of which are highly adaptable to different jobs and challenges. Whatever you’ve imagined for your future, begin here.
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View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.
Ouachita provides several pathways for studying physics. See a summary of degree options below.
View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
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Working in Physics/Engineering upon Graduation
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Average Physics Class Size
6 Study Options:
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This degree will teach you to “think like a physicist.” The B.S. degree gives more focus to research and requires additional coursework in your choice of biology, chemistry, mathematics or computer science. It provides an excellent basis not only for graduate study in physics and related fields, but also for professional work in fields such as astrophysics, biophysics, engineering and applied physics, geophysics, management, law, economics or medicine.
Our B.S. in engineering physics degree is specifically designed to rigorously prepare you for a technical career in industry, perhaps as an engineer, analyst or consultant. You will develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills through on- and off-campus research opportunities and by studying a variety of engineering-related concepts in class. You also will be required to minor in your choice of biology, chemistry, mathematics or computer science.
The B.S. in biophysics degree combines methods from mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to provide you with the skills necessary to compete in the interdisciplinary environment of biophysics. If you are curious about biological processes and enjoy puzzle solving, designing experiments or working with numbers and computers, there are many exciting opportunities for you in the field of biophysics – from treating cancer to creating powerful vaccines against infectious diseases to developing new medical imagining technologies.
The B.A. in applied physics degree is an outstanding option for students desiring to strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills within the context of another discipline outside of science. This degree requires a second major, so it is a great choice if you are interested in another field such as Christian missions or acoustics (Music major).
Ouachita is one of the few institutions in the state to offer a secondary Physics/Math Licensure degree* for those who desire to teach physics and mathematics, specifically. Carefully selected courses in physics, mathematics and education will prepare you to confidently and creatively help students grow in their knowledge and love of science. You’ll graduate with a double major in Physics/Mathematics and Secondary Education.
*Our licensure program is a four-year degree that meets Arkansas Department of Education standards and culminates with a student teaching experience.
A Physics minor might be of interest to you if after taking our introductory physics courses you want to study more but do not have enough time or space in your degree plan for a full physics degree. An 18-hour minor includes courses such as Physics I and II, Introduction to Modern Physics as well as nine additional hours of your choice ranging from Engineering Graphics or Statistics to Astronomy, Dynamics, Statics, Thermodynamics and more.
See degree details, including hours and classes required, in the university catalog.
In their words
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"The engineering physics curriculum was both interesting and challenging, and it was rewarding to see how much I learned over my time at Ouachita. Through interviewing for both my profession and master's program, companies and schools were intrigued by my engineering physics courses because of the strong focus on developing problem solving. The many skills I learned in the program have empowered me and have transitioned well into supporting my professional career."
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