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Department of PhysicsUndergraduate Program

Bachelor's Degree Program

Physics is the human quest to explore and discover the basic principles and laws that govern the natural world.

Most physics students have an inate curiousity about nature, and they heavily utilize mathematics to describe nature.

To serve a variety of career objectives and interests, the physics department offers five tracks leading to a baccalaureate degrees:

  • Track A: Preparation to work as a physicist in corporate or governmental research and development activities and/or entering a graduate program for further studies in physics disciplines.

  • Track B: Preparation for pursuing careers in which a strong foundation in physics is essential, such as: engineering, advanced computing, mathematics, communications, optical systems, laser development, pre-medical and pre-law studies.

  • Track C: Secondary School Education. The Physics education program track prepares students for careers teaching Physics in secondary schools. This professional program includes a combined 33 hours of education courses and student teaching experiences that leads to certification for a state-approved teaching license. The employment prospect for this field are excellent. Science teachers are always in short supply.

  • Track D: Is a five year, dual degree program in Physics and Electrical Engineering. Students will receive a B.S. and B.S.E.E upon graduation. Track D provides the highest level of preparation for both graduate school and positions in industry.

  • Track E: Is a five-year Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Business Administration dual degree program. After students have satisfactorily completed their undergraduate requirements, they complete 30 credit hours in the MBA program.

Minor Degree Program

To earn a minor in physics, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses taken toward the minor, and a minimum of six hours must be taken in residency. A student must satisfactorily complete:

  • PHYS 231N, 232N, 319U, and 320
  • Plus...Six additional credits of 300/400 level physics (PHYS) courses.
    Any substitutions must be approved in writing by the chair of the Department of Physics.

Certificate of Career Experience: Physics

As a part ofthe Career Advantage Program, and in an effortto encourage studentsto pursue
professional experience opportunities while at Old Dominion University, the Career Management Center
proposes the development of a Certificate of Professional Experience. The certificate is comprised of a
five‐credit professional experience core including Internship or Cooperative Education and courses
offered by the Career Management Center, and career‐focused courses already in each major
curriculum, with a minimum of twelve credits required for the Certificate of Professional Experience.

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For info on the physics program or for advising questions, contact our Chief Departmental Advisor

Charles Hyde

  • Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
  • Imaging the quarks and gluons of the atomic nucleus via high energy electron scattering. Current research is primarily at Jefferson Laboratory

For info on recruitment & financial aid for physics majors, contact our Undergraduate Recruitment Director

Desmond Cook

  • Ph. D. Monash University (Australia)
  • The Cook Research Group specializes in Applied Materials Physics in the areas of corrosion of structural steels and development of specialized corrosion resistant alloys. Research is also centered on the corrosion of historic US Civil War artifacts such as the USS Monitor and CSS Hunley.