Physics

Degree: B.S.

As a highly ranked program among undergraduate institutions in the country, Millersville University's Physics degree allows students complete control of their education with more than nine different physics programs to choose from.

Why Study This Program?

A degree in Physics at Millersville University allows for the greatest breadth of experience in all aspects of physics and mathematics. This program will equip students to solve complex problems, think clearly, work individually and in groups and to use the real world as a test of their skills, but not as a limit to their thoughts.

Students graduating with the B.S. in Physics are prepared to go on to graduate school in physics and engineering, or to enter the private sector in a technical area. Students have become doctors, technical writers, bioengineers and patent examiners.

What Will You Learn?

The Department of Physics offers a variety of programs leading to the baccalaureate degree with a major in physics.

  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Physics allows the greatest flexibility in designing your curriculum. You can choose from options in Computer Science, Meteorology, Nanotechnology (this option includes 18 credits at Penn State's Nanofabrication facility), Polymer Chemistry or Philosophy.
  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics involves the greatest depth in physics and mathematics. This program prepares you for employment in a technical position or for entrance into a graduate program,
  • A Bachelor of Science in Education includes a senior semester of practice teaching. Graduates are certified to teach secondary education physics.
  • The 4/2 program combines a B.S. degree in physics with a Master’s degree in engineering. You’ll complete your B.S. at Millersville and enter Penn State's Graduate Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. You can transfer up to six MU credits in physics and mathematics, shortening the time needed to complete your master’s degree.
  • 3/2 programs are available in engineering from Penn State or materials science from the University of Delaware. Approximately three years are spent at Millersville and two at the other universities. The program with Penn State gives you a B.A. in physics from Millersville and a B.S. in engineering from Penn State. The program with Delaware gives you a B.A. in physics from Millersville and a master's in materials science.

All physics degrees require two semesters of research into an area of physics (experimental or theoretical) while outstanding students may also pursue departmental honors during their senior year. Participation in the departmental honors program is highly selective and offers students in an opportunity to strengthen their background in physics and to work closely with a faculty mentor on an extended research project.