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Degree Options for Prospective Undergrads

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers five degree options: BA in Physics, BS in Physics, BS in Physics – Astrophysics Track, BS in Physics – Business Track and BS in Physics – Computational Science Track. The degrees share a set of common core Physics (40 hours) and Math (15 hours) courses. The remaining hours are set based on the degree being pursued.

Degree Plans

The Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog can be found at https://catalog.tamu.edu/undergraduate


BA in Physics PDF

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum provides the student with a firm foundation in physics and with the flexibility to choose from a large number of elective courses, thus permitting the student to explore other interests. Except for those students pursuing teacher certification, some of these elective courses are chosen to satisfy the requirements of a minor field of study. The student can, therefore, customize his or her program of study in preparation for a career in any science-related or science-required field, from intellectual property law and science reporting to physics teaching. Although not required for the BA program, students have the opportunity to become directly involved in any of the active research programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


BS in Physics PDF

The Bachelor of Science curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements. Currently it has a no track option and three track options. BS in Physics (no track) is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting. The department also offers tracks in Astrophysics, Business, and Computational Science for those who plan to seek an employment or advanced degrees in these fields. Each track results in the BS in Physics degree and has the same core physics courses and the same total number of hours. Because physics forms the basis of many other sciences such as astronomy, chemistry, material science, oceanography, nano-engineering and geophysics, the BS program is an excellent preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. In addition, physicists are increasingly applying their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine. An important part of the BS program is student participation in experimental or theoretical research guided by faculty.


BS in Physics – Astrophysics Track PDF

The BS-PHYS – Astrophysics track will provide you with a solid foundation in basic physics combined with knowledge of fascinating astrophysical objects and phenomena. It will prepare you for graduate studies in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and related fields. You will also learn quantitative problem-solving skills, experimental research skills, and expertise in computer simulations that are highly valued in any field and any industry.


BS in Physics – Business Track PDF

The BS-PHYS – Business Track will help you develop analytical thinking and quantitative problem-solving skills, while providing you with solid knowledge of business disciplines. These qualities are in increasingly high demand at the job market. If you enjoy studying physics and at the same time aspire to become a future business leader in our technology-dominated world, this track is for you.


BS in Physics – Computational Science Track PDF

Physics and other sciences increasingly rely on advanced computer simulations and data analysis to develop realistic mathematical models of complex phenomena or process huge amount of data coming from particle accelerators and astronomical surveys. The BS-PHYS – Computational Science track will provide you with the skills to pursue advanced studies in this area or directly enter the workforce in virtually any industry, as the demand for experts with advanced computer skills will only grow with time.