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Cheney, WA 99004
Students interested in any degree should have a consultation with the Physics Department Chair, it is the best way to ensure degree completion.
What are the degree options?
The Bachelor of Arts degree allows the student to acquire a physics degree with strong emphasis in one or more related fields of study. This degree is ideal preparation for graduate work in such areas as geophysics, biophysics, and physical chemistry.
Physics graduates also commonly enter graduate schools in engineering fields.
Bachelor of Science (BS)
The Bachelor of Science program is designed primarily for students preparing for graduate study in physics and for students planning a professional career in physics.
Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)
The Bachelor of Arts in Education degree is designed primarily for students planning to teach physics at the secondary level.
Certification Endorsements Associated with Baccalaureate Majors and Minors:
Physics (BAE) major satisfies the Primary Endorsement: 4-12;
Physics/Secondary (BAE) minor satisfies the Supporting Endorsement: 4-12.
What can I do with my degree?
Most physicists are employed by educational institutions, industrial firms, government laboratories, or federally funded research and development centers. Vocations in physics fall into four major categories:
Research: Basic research has as its goal the understanding of physical phenomena without a specific application in mind. Applied research leads to the solution of problems of national importance or of significant commercial value.
Development and Design: Work in this area utilizes both basic and applied research to improve existing products, processes and instruments, and to develop new ones.
Teaching: Many physicists are employed in academic institutions, including instructors at the high school, community college, college, and university levels. In the latter, research and teaching are often combined.