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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4271
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Physics Academic Programs

The Department of Physics offers two undergraduate degree programs, two undergraduate pre-engineering degree programs, and a minor program. Each of these programs features high quality instruction, engagement in the greater physics community, and the chance to pioneer new research. The department also helps deliver an undergraduate general science degree with a focus in Physics.

Whether you want to shape the future through teaching, engineering, research, or anything in between, the Department of Physics has a program for you. Mixing classroom learning with hands-on experience and strong faculty mentorship puts you on the path to a career that prepares you to truly make a difference.

Undergraduate Degrees in Physics

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics
The B.S. in Physics prepares you to take apart the puzzles that perplex society, whether in a lab, a classroom, or other real-world situations. Through your classes, you will develop in-depth problem-solving skills and tackle issues that affect people around the globe.

Laboratories stocked with state-of-the art equipment give you the tools you need to put your own innovative ideas into practice. Knowledgeable faculty members are ready to help you clear up the details in and out of class.

While the majority of physics majors pursue the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts gives some students a more flexible degree program, particularly when coupled with other B.A. degree programs.

Learn more about the B.S. in Physics program of study.

Learn more about the B. A. in Physics program of study.

Undergraduate Pre-Engineering Degree Programs in Physics

3+2 Dual Degree in Physics and Engineering

The 3+2 Dual Degree program in Physics and Engineering prepares you for a rewarding engineering career while developing your capability to handle rapid advancements in technology. In this innovative program, you spend three years at FHSU developing a strong background in physics and research techniques in a close-knit learning community. This extra year of individual attention and research experience propels you towards the top of your class when you transfer to the college of engineering of your choice.

Once you successfully complete two years of engineering courses, you will receive your engineering degree (from the school you transfer to) and a B.S. in Physics from FHSU, giving you a competitive edge as you seek employment or begin graduate school.

Learn more about the 3+2 Engineering/Physics program of study.

Pre-Engineering 2+2 Program

While the 3+2 degree will give you the best real-world preparation, the 2+2 Pre-Engineering program lets you focus on your engineering courses. You will be able to take your first semesters of pre-engineering classes required by all engineering schools at FHSU and then transfer to an engineering program to finish your degree. In this program, you learn the foundations of engineering from outstanding faculty members and get personal attention you can’t find anywhere else.

Learn more about the 2+2 Engineering program of study.

B.S. in General Science – Concentration in Physics

The B.S. in General Science offers you a flexible, broad-based education in the core disciplines of biology, chemistry, geosciences and physics, while allowing you to deepen your knowledge and skills in one or more of those concentration areas. This degree program is ideal for students who have wide-ranging interests in the physical and life sciences and who wish to pursue a variety of career fields, such as lab assistants, pharmaceutical representatives, medical equipment sales or manager in a technical field.

This degree is not recommended for students interested in pre-medicine, pre-veterinary or pre-pharmacy majors, but may be appropriate for pre-dental and pre-OT/PT majors.

Learn more about the program of study for the B.S. in General Science – Concentration in Physics.

Minor in Physics

A minor allows you to perfect your problem-solving skills while maintaining your degree focus. You will take 20 credit hours of Physics classes including Physics I and II as well as Concepts of Modern Physics or Atomic Physics. You can choose the rest of the courses for your minor from the range of interesting and innovative classes offered by the Department of Physics.

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