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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

We offer several tracks in physics and astronomy at the University of Denver, tailored to a wide variety of interests.

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Physics provides education to the most advanced undergraduate level and is strongly recommended for all those who will ultimately seek advanced degrees in physics or astronomy, pursue careers in applied physics, or carry out scientific studies related to environmental problems. Within the BS program, students may choose to pursue a concentration in biological physics, computational physics, or nanophysics for a broader experience.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Physics is ideal for those who wish to combine physics or astronomy with other interests, such as science teaching at the secondary level, art, music or philosophy. This program provides excellent preparation for medical or law school and is recommended for some careers in astronomy-related or environment-related areas.

Dual-Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Physics/Master of Science in Engineering (BS/MS) program allows a student to complete both a BS in physics and an MS in Engineering in only five years. This is an attractive option for those who want to combine a strong theoretical background with experience in engineering applications.

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics/Master of Business Administration (BS/MBA) option combines courses provided by the Department of Physics and by the Daniels College of Business. There are numerous rewarding opportunities for those with this preparation, particularly for those who seek to hold a variety of technical management positions.

The Bachelor of Arts or Science in Physics/Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (BS/MA) and Teaching License option combines courses provided by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and by the DU College of Education for those seeking a career in K-6 to K-12 education.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact a Physics and Astronomy adviser. Students interested in these options should discuss them with an adviser as early as possible in their undergraduate careers.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Science (MS) in Physics prepares the student for a wide variety of jobs in industry, government and educational institutions.

The Master of Science (MS) in Applied Physics is a popular course of study and professional improvement for for baccalaureate engineers already working in industry.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics is the highest degree awarded and is intended for students whose goal is a career in scientific research or teaching at the university level.