Undergraduate Programs

Physics & Astronomy Department

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Undergraduate Programs We Offer

B.S. in Physics

B.A. in Physics

Minors in Physics and Astronomy

A typical four-year plan for our B.S. in Physics program, might look something like this.

Note: Students can major in our Physics B.S. and take the Astronomy minor.  This is equivalent to majoring in Astronomy or Astrophysics.

For a complete listing of Physics Courses - visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter "Duluth" in the Institution and Campus fields and enter "PHYS" for Subject Area, then click "Search".

For a complete listing of Astronomy Courses - visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter "Duluth" in the Institution and Campus fields and enter "AST" for Subject Area, then click "Search".

We're dedicated to high standards, hard work and a quality outcome. The successful careers of our graduates are evidence that our physics majors get a great education. We offer high-quality courses and great opportunities for practical experience in research. This ability to conduct research means our junior and senior students become increasingly passionate about their field and develop the skills to become a true professional.

Many undergraduates participate in research and we emphasize the importance of this experience. It also helps our faculty as they further their expertise in teaching and in their research field. Students at all levels benefit from a greater depth of course knowledge and our graduate students act as great mentors while assisting faculty with classes to ensure students get the attention they need.

Programs in Development

We are developing tracks in Astronomy and Biophysics, and hope to start offering them in a few years.  We're also phasing out our Applied Physics program in favor of a new Engineering Physics program currently in development.

Program Assessment

The Department established four broad program outcomes for our undergraduate physics majors (Physics B.S., Applied Physics B.S. and Physics B.A.) as part of the campus-wide assessment plan. These are:

  1. Comprehension: Students will know and be able to explain the core physics concepts and their mathematical expressions. 

  2. Application: Students will be able to apply the laws of physics to new situations, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

  3. Execution: Students will be able to design, set-up, and carry out an experiment, using models, analytical techniques, or laboratory equipment.

  4. Communication: Students will be able to communicate scientific ideas to technical and non-technical audiences.