Majors And Options in Physics

Physics Majors

The B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree in physics demands the most intense concentration of physics and mathematics. Students graduating with the B.S. in Physics go on to graduate school in physics and engineering, and also go directly into the technical workplace.

The B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree allows the greatest breadth of experience in designing a physics major curriculum. A year of a foreign language is required (two years of a foreign language in high school will satisfy this requirement. Students with the B.B. in Physics have become doctors, technical writers, bio-engineers, and patent examiners. A student wishing to graduate with a double major (such as physics-chemistry or physics-math) has more flexibility in creating a four-year schedule if the physics major is a B.A.

The B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education) follows the same physics curriculum as the B.A. program. A foreign language is not required. The program uses the B.A. flexibility to include the "junior block" of education courses and the senior semester of practice teaching. In addition to the degree, the graduating student is certified to teach secondary education physics.

Physics Options

The 4/2 Program combines a B.S. degree in Physics with a Master of Science degree in Engineering.  The student will complete their B.S. at Millersville and enters the graduate program of the Pennsylvania State University Engineering Science and Mechanics Graduate Department, as a Master's Degree candidate.  Students can transfer up to 6 MU credits in physics and mathematics to the Penn State program, shortening the time needed to complete their master's degree.

3/2 Programs

Pennsylvania State University- This combines a B.A. degree in Physics with a B.S. degree in Engineering.  3 years are spent at Millersville, and 2 years are spent at PSU.

University of Delaware- This program grants a Master's of Science degree in Material Science from Delaware with a B.A. degree from Millersville.  For details on this program, please follow this link.

Options in the B.A. Program

The flexibility of the B.A. program allows students to choose their courses to satisfy a wide variety of intellectual interests.  The Computer Science, Meteorology, and Philosophy options each lead to a minor in those subjects.

  • Computer Science - Learn the computer skills necessary to solve the most complex physics problems.
  • Meteorology - This program fulfills the minimum course requirements for employment by the National Weather Service.
  • Nanotechnology - This option includes 18 credits at the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility.
  • Polymer Chemistry - Become a part of the growing field of polymer physics by learning the basics of macromolecules.
  • Philosophy - The "Great Minds" program.