The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics at BYU-Idaho offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Students take a range of introductory and advanced classes in mechanics,
electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics. In addition, the laboratory courses give students valuable skills and knowledge in experimental physics, extensive experience in modeling and simulations, computer control of devices and data acquisition. In addition to the knowledge that students gain in the physics program at BYU-Idaho, students develop a comprehensive set of valuable skills that can be applied to many career paths. These skills include (but are not limited to) critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, mathematical and conceptual reasoning, computer skills, leadership and communication skills, problem solving, creativity, synthesizing results and applying theory to real world problems.
After completing their B.S. in physics from BYU-Idaho, students will have a wide range of opportunities. These include the following:
Students majoring in physics are also encouraged to choose an emphasis area or a minor that will help them to achieve their academic and career goals. Please meet with your physics faculty advisor or the physics department chair as you work on your graduation plan to ensure you are meeting these goals.
The Bachelor of Science in Physics Education at BYU-Idaho prepares students to teach physics in high school. Each Physics Education major must complete the Secondary Education Core and carefully select an approved education minor. Please discuss your choice of an Education minor with your advisor.