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Physics Undergraduate Programs

Physics is the foundation for all the sciences.  It presents a challenging, innovative, and exciting career opportunity.  The Department of Physics provides students with the knowledge, experience, and training they need to succeed in globally competitive science careers.  Contact Dr. Mark Sprague to sign up as a physics major or get more information about physics at ECU.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The bachelor of science in physics has two concentrations–professional and research. 

ECU Catalog Listing for Physics BS

Professional Concentration

The professional concentration is for students interested in direct employment in technical fields (e.g. lab technician, research assistant); graduate study in Health Sciences, Medicine, Chemistry, Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences; or as a second major to provide an appropriate physical foundation for their primary field of study (e.g. Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology).

  • 120 total semester hours (including 40 semester hours of General Education)
  • 33 semester hours of general electives, allowing students to customize program or complete a second major
  • Course requirements overlap Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, and Mathematics programs allowing students to double major in those programs.
  • 9 semester hours of physics electives allowing students to customize their physics courses
  • Opportunity to do research in faculty laboratories

Research Concentration

The research concentration is designed for students interested in academic and research careers in Physics.  If you want to pursue a graduate degree in physics, this is the concentration for you.

  • 120 total semester hours (including 40 semester hours of General Education)
  • Upper level physics courses to prepare for graduate study in physics
  • 6 semester hours of physics electives
  • Opportunity to do research in faculty laboratories

Physics Honors

An opportunity for outstanding physics majors to do intensive study and research in areas of special interest.  Program participants select a topic of mutual interest to both the student and project supervisor, research the topic through the scientific literature, and then conduct independent research on the topic.   Upon completion of the research, the student must submit a detailed written research report and make an oral presentation on the honors project.

ECU Catalog Listing for Physics Honors

Physics Minor

The physics minor is an 18 semester hour program designed to give students a background in advanced physics courses.

ECU Catalog Listing for Physics Minor