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Physicists study the world around us in order to discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. As a physicist you can:

  • Seek to understand the origin of the universe and the ultimate structure of matter;
  • Study the principles underlying the structure of materials in order to design faster computer chips or improved liquid crystals used for electronic displays;
  • Work in hands-on lab courses studying laser-based optics, learn electronic instrumentation for the physical sciences including the computer acquisition and analysis of data, and use modern lab equipment such as the electron spin resonance spectrometer which can detect the radiation from individual atoms;
  • Acquire the theoretical and experimental background for work in areas such as acoustics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer science, education mathematical physics, and engineering.

Developments in science and technology move very fast and a degree in physics provides you with the fundamental tools, which you will need in order to attack the scientific and technological problems of this millennium.

An undergraduate degree in Physics gives students a broad, deep, rigorous understanding to solve many types of quantitative problems, a skill which is useful to many different careers in computers, engineering, finance, etc. With the rapid and unpredictable pace and direction of technological advance, training in physics gives the undergraduate their most important skill, namely the ability to think clearly and rigorously about a technical problem which may arise in the workplace.

Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU. All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that physicists must have.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

College Requirements
  • CHEM 107 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I Lab Credits: 1
  • MATH 125 - Precalculus Credits: 4


  • MATH 225 - Calculus I Credits: 4
  • PHYS 201 - Elements of Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4


  • PHYS 211 - General Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4
Requirements for the Major - Credits: 39

Required Physics Courses - Credits: 19

  • PHYS 212 - General Physics II/ Lab Credits: 3
  • PHYS 213 - General Physics III/ Lab Credits: 4
  • PHYS 312 - Modern Physics 1 Credits: 3
  • PHYS 314 - Engineering Mechanics I: Statics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 331 - Mathematical Methods of Physics Credits: 3


  • MATH 331 - Mathematical Methods of Physics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 381 - Advanced Physics Laboratory Credits: 2


  • PHYS 382 - Optics Laboratory Credits: 2
  • PHYS 412 - Modern Physics 2 Credits: 1

Required Phyics Electives - Credits: 6

Choose two courses:

  • PHYS 315 - Engineering Mechanics II: Dynamics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 375 - Thermal Physics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 385 - Computational Physics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 410 - Electricity and Magnetism Credits: 3
  • PHYS 480 - Quantum Credits: 3

Other Required Math and Science Courses - Credits: 14

  • CPSC 146 - Programming Principles Credits: 3
  • MATH 230 - Calculus II Credits: 4
  • MATH 231 - Calculus III Credits: 4
  • MATH 240 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Credits: 3
A Language is Required of all BA Majors

Modern Language competency at the 103 level is required.

Specialization: Engineering


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

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  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

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