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Bachelor of Science in:


The Bachelor of Science in Physics is intended for students who plan to pursue a career in physics or a related field. Courses in this major include Heat and Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Mathematical Physics, and Electricity and Magnetism.

There are three tracks within the Bachelor of Science in Physics:

  • Physics
  • Physics - Engineering Physics
  • Physics - Astronomy

Students have access to our on-campus observatory, planetarium and physics laboratories for course work and research projects.

The Physics and Astronomy program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering all major courses of study necessary for an undergraduate degree in physics. But at the same time, the curriculum is very flexible, where students have options to choose programs and specific courses that fit with their career plans.

The minor in physics can be completed in conjunction with any other major degree program by taking 20 semester hours of physics courses.

Additionally, Kutztown University offers a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Physics or Physics and Mathematics.

Research Opportunities
The Physics and Astronomy Faculty are engaged in research in several fields, with regular publications in international journals and presentations in international conferences, and supported by external funding agencies like the National Science Foundation. Students are encouraged to participate in the research process, and several students have presented their research at conferences. Research interests in the department cover the following fields:

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Nanoscale and Mesoscopic physics
  • Optics
  • Statistical Physics
  • String Theory

Career Opportunities
A degree in Physics prepares students for careers in industry, as will further study at the graduate level. Kutztown graduates work in the fields of telecommunications or electronics, as well as earning graduate degrees in physics, engineering and medicine.

This program is taught by the Department of Physical Sciences.