What will I learn?

Explore the Universe When You Major in Physics

Investigate the physical world when you earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Southern New Hampshire University. This program allows you to immerse yourself in traditional classroom settings to learn about theory, while giving you access to state-of-the-art laboratories to gain the hands-on experience needed for the application of your studies.

As a student in the SNHU program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of physics – as well as get exposure to engineering design and laboratory instrumentation. In addition, you’ll participate in original research and design projects – an ideal way to build up your resume as an entry-level job candidate.

The SNHU physics degree can position you for either an immediate career or further study in graduate school.

Careers & Outcomes

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in physics, you have an exciting number of career options available to you. While many alumni choose to move on to a master’s or PhD programs upon graduating, there are still plenty of roles well suited for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Four of these professional areas include:

  • Computer hardware and software: From web developers to systems analysts, there are quite a few jobs in this high-growth field.
  • Education: High school and middle school science departments would benefit from your physics expertise.
  • Engineering: Design, laser, manufacturing, mechanical, optical and systems are just a small handful of the types of engineering roles in which your physics degree could be useful.
  • Research and technical: From universities to the private sector, research is always needed to make advances in the field.

Whatever you choose to do after earning your bachelor’s, SNHU’s physics major can help you achieve those goals.


The bachelor’s in physics program at SNHU offers you a well-rounded education. With coursework split between the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics (CETA), you can gain both the hard and soft skills that are in demand by employers.

Options for Senior Projects include:

Physics (BS) – Biophysics

Explore the physics of complex biological systems on all scales, from the physics of biological environments and their impact on living organisms, down to the physics of cells. You may also do projects on the physics of medical technology.

Physics (BS) – Space Science

Explore the physics of our solar system. Investigate phenomena in the Planetary – Sun – Solar Wind environment such as solar magnetic storms, planetary magnetospheres, cometary processes and asteroids.

By successfully completing the physics program at SNHU, skills you’ll develop include:

  • Computer programming, modeling and simulations
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and inventiveness
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Mathematics and analytics
  • Research and investigation

Beyond the core requirements in your major, you’ll have the opportunity to choose 3 elective courses that allow you to build specialty areas in your program. Current elective courses include Principles of Photonics, Biophysics, Optics, Space Physics, and Plasma Physics.

Which department am I in?

Southern New Hampshire University

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,000.00 per year
SNHU accelerating its work to bring campus tuition to USD $10,000 / year by 2021, a 61% reduction from its current rate.
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

11 January 2022


Southern New Hampshire University

2500 North River Road,


New Hampshire,

03106, United States

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$9,600.00 per year
USD $960 per course fee; USD $320 per credit hour fee
Start date

Expected May, June 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. Minimum GPA: 2.5/4.0 or equivalent (Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 – 2.49 may be eligible for provisional admission).

For international students

Students must have the equivalent of a US High School Diploma with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 - 2.49 may be eligible for provisional admission.

Students wishing to enter directly into an Undergraduate or Graduate academic program must provide evidence of English proficiency by one of the following options: TOEFL: 71; IELTS: 6.0 (sub scores: ? 5.5); PTE: 54; ELS: 112; EF: C1; ILSC: A2; Michigan: 85; ASC English: Completion of Level 6; FLS: Completion of Level 15.

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


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