Major in Physics
Offered by the Saint Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and TechnologySaint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in physics
- Physics minor
Saint Louis University Physics Degree OverviewSaint Louis University's undergraduate degree in physics offers you a strong foundation in analytical, computational and laboratory skills, which you'll gain through course work in mathematics, computer science and physics. SLU's physics curriculum includes courses in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism. You will also study thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, optics, electronics and modern physics. Special topics courses in subjects such as Einstein's theory of general relativity and nanoscience frontiers are also taught.
In order to round out your education, you'll also take courses in theology, humanities, ethics, social and behavioral sciences, and cultural diversity. In addition to the University's general admission and graduation requirements.
What You'll Learn in SLU's Physics ProgramPhysics students at SLU have two major options. The B.S. in physics from Parks College stresses physics and its applications in areas such as engineering, computers and the sciences. It also includes opportunities to participate in faculty research. The B.A. in physics from SLU's College of Arts and Sciences combines a firm grounding in physics with a broad liberal arts education. Some of our students also pursue double majors in mathematics, computer science or chemistry.
If you choose to major in physics at SLU, you may be able to work as a teaching and research assistant in the physics department during the summer. SLU physics students have also held summer internships at NASA-Langley, the Argonne National Laboratory and other laboratories. Numerous opportunities also exist for summer research in basic and applied physics in the Parks Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, in national laboratories and in National Science Foundation-sponsored programs at universities throughout the United States.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Physics from SLU?Students who graduate with a degree in physics from Saint Louis University enter a variety of careers, including product development and quality control for large industries. Others are computer specialists, managers or are involved in the marketing of technical products.
Approximately half of physics students at SLU go to earn a graduate degree in physics or in other fields such as nuclear engineering, applied mathematics, medicine or law.