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Undergraduate Major Physics (BS)

Explore the Universe When You Major in Physics

Investigate the physical world when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Southern New Hampshire University. This program allows you to immerse yourself in traditional classroom settings to learn about theory, while giving you access to state-of-the-art laboratories to gain the hands-on experience needed for the application of your studies.

As a student in the SNHU program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of physics – as well as get exposure to engineering design and laboratory instrumentation. In addition, you’ll participate in original research and design projects – an ideal way to build up your resume as an entry-level job candidate.

The SNHU physics degree can position you for either an immediate career or further study in graduate school.

See Yourself Succeed as a Physics Major

SNHU encourages project-based learning – especially as a STEM major. By working on these real-world projects, you can build up your skill set to match the qualifications that organizations are looking for in their employees – or create an impressive graduate school application that gets noticed.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in physics at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire.
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty members who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and anywhere else you need them.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H.

Careers & Outcomes

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in physics, you have an exciting number of career options available to you. While many alumni choose to move on to a master’s or PhD programs upon graduating, there are still plenty of roles well suited for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Four of these professional areas include:

  • Computer hardware and software: From web developers to systems analysts, there are quite a few jobs in this high-growth field.
  • Education: High school and middle school science departments would benefit from your physics expertise.
  • Engineering: Design, laser, manufacturing, mechanical, optical and systems are just a small handful of the types of engineering roles in which your physics degree could be useful.
  • Research and technical: From universities to the private sector, research is always needed to make advances in the field.

Whatever you choose to do after earning your bachelor’s, SNHU’s physics major can help you achieve those goals.

Curriculum

The bachelor’s in physics program at SNHU offers you a well-rounded education. With coursework split between the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics (CETA), you can gain both the hard and soft skills that are in demand by employers.

Options for Senior Projects include:

Physics (BS) – Biophysics

Explore the physics of complex biological systems on all scales, from the physics of biological environments and their impact on living organisms, down to the physics of cells. You may also do projects on the physics of medical technology. 

Physics (BS) – Space Science

Explore the physics of our solar system. Investigate phenomena in the Planetary – Sun – Solar Wind environment such as solar magnetic storms, planetary magnetospheres, cometary processes and asteroids.

 By successfully completing the physics program at SNHU, skills you’ll develop include:

  • Computer programming, modeling and simulations
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and inventiveness
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Mathematics and analytics
  • Research and investigation

Beyond the core requirements in your major, you’ll have the opportunity to choose 3 elective courses that allow you to build specialty areas in your program. Current elective courses include Principles of Photonics, Biophysics, Optics, Space Physics, and Plasma Physics.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in physics program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills – the skills that go beyond technical knowledge – such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.