Physics (B.A., B.S.)
Physics is the fundamental science of the properties and interactions of matter and energy. Physics students study a great deal of mathematics in order to understand nature in mathematical terms. Also, they learn laboratory skills of designing experiments and applying instrumentation, such as, electronics circuits and optical instruments, to observe and measure natural phenomena.
The major in physics requires dedication. Successful students spend about 50 to 60 hours per week on academic studies. This includes time in classes and laboratories and about 30 to 40 hours in studying and preparing assignments. If you enjoy logic puzzles, such as mathematical word problems and you have a natural curiosity about how things work, then you will likely enjoy learning about physics. At Bloomsburg there are opportunities to study nuclear physics, astrophysics, applied physics and laser physics using state-of-the-art equipment.
The Bachelor of Science in Physics provides the student with knowledge and skills that are desired by a variety of industrial employers and some Bloomsburg physics graduates have followed careers in business where they attained leadership positions. Also, physics graduates are well prepared to succeed in graduate and professional schools. Some students have completed masters and doctorates in physics, engineering, medicine and law. Indeed, physics graduates, equipped with sharp analytical skills and fundamental understanding of nature are sought by schools of medicine and law.
The Bachelor of Arts in Physics is more limited in scope than the Bachelor of Science degree. It is usually combined with an engineering degree through the engineering/liberal arts program offered by Bloomsburg University in cooperation with The Pennsylvania State University or Wilkes University (see Engineering 3+2).
As a student working toward a bachelor of arts in physics, you'll begin with courses in general physics, mechanics, modern atomic physics, electricity and magnetism, and advanced physics lab. You'll also take courses in calculus, differntial equations, algorithmic processes for computers and chemistry. You'll then work with your adviser to organize general education requirements and elective courses to meet your specific interests and goals, as well as make choices from specialized physics courses.
Bachelor of science students begin with general physics, dynamics, modern atomic physics, electricity and magenetism, electronics, optics, thermodynamics, advanced physics lab and quantum mechanics, as well as courses in chemistry, calculus, differential equations, algorithmic processes for computers. Working with your adviser to round out appropriate and useful courses to meet general education requirements, you'll also select specialized courses and choose from analysis, linear algebra and numerical methods in computing.
The minor in Physics provides an introduction to the discipline for those students in other majors having a curiosity and a desire to learn more about physics. The Minor in Electronics provides a foundation in the design, construction and modification of electronics circuits for use in scientific investigations.
Additionally, the university offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in physics (see Secondary Education).