Do you want to develop critical thinking skills, learn the theory of science, and experience hands-on approaches to solving problems? Do you want to be more competitive in tomorrow’s science-based economy?

The bachelor of science in physics is designed primarily for students interested in continuing their studies at the graduate level in physics. Those interested in seeking employment directly after their baccalaureate degree should consider the BSAP in applied physics degree.

The curriculum of the BS degree requires courses in the major areas of physics (motion, gravity, electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum physics) along with calculus. Students may pursue mathematics instruction to improve their background in analytical and numerical techniques. Upon graduation, the student will be given special consideration for entrance into one of the three master's programs at ECU in medical, health, or applied physics; or ECU’s PhD program in biomedical physics.

ECU Advantage

Physics is the foundation for all sciences. The bachelor of science in physics is designed to give you that fundamental learning experience. The Department of Physics at ECU is dedicated to providing this experience at an individual level. The student-faculty ratio is about 3:1, so that you can easily get the attention and help you need to be successful.

You also will benefit from the broad experiences of faculty in our department. The physics faculty has a wide range of cultural backgrounds, as well as comprehensive academic knowledge in molecular, atomic, nuclear, theoretical, radiation, and especially, medical physics. Finally, we are recognized for a commitment to research and service as evidenced by our many awards, grants, and publications. As a student in physics, you have the opportunity to participate in any or all of these activities at ECU.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Physics
  • Physics
  • Physicists
  • Physics Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Scientific and Technical Services
  • Education and Training
  • Medicine

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.