What will I learn?

The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in physics that prepares students for careers in science, computing, engineering, teaching, and research. Students who have a passion for understanding how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics should consider studying physics. Physics seeks to better human knowledge of matter and energy in the universe, from atomic nuclei to galaxy clusters, and to apply this knowledge in the development of new technologies. Coursework in the major includes a core curriculum that provides a strong foundation in physical science and problem-solving skills. After completing the core, students may choose one of three fields of concentration: Chemical Physics: This concentration focuses on areas where the techniques of chemistry and physics are brought together for the study of atoms and molecules; their interactions in gases, liquids, and solids; and the detailed structure and dynamics of material changes. Chemical physicists are employed by a wide range of businesses, particularly the pharmaceutical, photographic and microelectronic industries. Engineering Physics: This concentration focuses on applying the principles of physics to develop new technologies and solve interdisciplinary engineering problems. Graduates may pursue an advanced degree in applied physics or engineering, or function as productive engineering professionals. Professional Physics: This concentration is built around the physics core curriculum to supply the background and experience needed to enter graduate school or become a research physicist. A central feature of the program is the opportunity to work closely with faculty to build a strong foundation in scientific principles and techniques. Each student's experience includes opportunities for research in modern laboratories in a supportive, encouraging, and challenging environment with accessible faculty members and personal mentoring.

Careers: Our graduates are prepared for careers in engineering, computer science, research, teaching, government, and more. The employment rate among physicists has been consistently above the national average, and one of the highest among science majors. In the United States, the employment rate six months after graduation for physics degree recipients is currently at 98 percent. Science and technology industries recognize that global competitiveness depends on an educated work force. A physics education develops problem-solving skills and provides the ability to apply and adapt scientific knowledge within the workplace. Because of this training, physicists excel in solving complex problems, which allows them to seek employment in a wide range of academic, government, and industrial settings well beyond the traditional boundaries of physics.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$20,582.00 per year
This annual fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per semester; USD $24,334 for over 18 credit hours per semester
Start date

16 August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

Stalker Hall, Room 200,

621 Chestnut Street,

TERRE HAUTE,

Indiana,

47809, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The freshman Indiana State University application is for entering freshmen who are (or soon will be) high school graduates and have not attended another college after graduating from high school. High school students may apply to Indiana State University any time after completion of their junior year in high school.

For international students

The freshman Indiana State University application is for entering freshmen who are (or soon will be) high school graduates and have not attended another college after graduating from high school. High school students may apply to Indiana State University any time after completion of their junior year in high school.

English Language Requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum iBT score of 61; a minimum CBT score of 173; or a minimum paper-based score of 500
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.0 (or higher)
  • ELS Language Training Program: successful completion of level 112 (or higher)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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