Physics Programs

The Department of Physics offers several programs of study to interested undergraduate students:


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Benefits of a Physics major or minor

Physics students

The SPU physics curriculum provides you with the practice and analytical tools necessary to solve complex problems. From introductory courses where you work with faculty to build your own understanding through inquiry-based activities to advanced independent research projects, as a physics student you’ll learn through active engagement and hands-on experience.

At graduation, as a physics student, you are prepared to apply your skills to research, design, or consulting in physics and physics-related fields. In addition, you will possess critical and creative problem-solving skills that can be utilized in vocations far removed from the discipline of physics.

A Physics major or minor will open up doors to a wide array of exciting and challenging careers.

Course offerings

From “General Physics” to “Astronomy: Individual and the Universe” to “Global Climate Change: Scientific, Social and Moral Implications,” you can view the physics courses offered during the academic year in the Undergraduate Time Schedule.

Physics careers

A degree in Physics can lead to a broad range of careers. View physics jobs here.

Entering the Major or Minor

You may enter the Physics major or minor during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.   

Physics Student Matt G. Hall

Matt Hall, Class of 2017, examines claims about Antarctica’s climate.

Physics student Barrett Estep investigating the vegan climate footprint

Are vegan climate footprint claims true? Barrett Estep, Class of 2017, investigates.