Richard Vanfleet, Chair
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College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Advisement Center
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All degree programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are open enrollment. However, special limitations apply for teaching majors.
Over the centuries physicists and astronomers have studied the fundamental principles that govern the structure and dynamics of matter and energy in the physical world, from subatomic particles to the cosmos. Physicists also apply this understanding to the development of new technologies. For example, physicists invented the first lasers and semiconductor electronic devices.
Physics and astronomy students learn to approach complex problems in science and technology from a broad background in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical and thermal physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, and optics. The tools they develop at BYU include problem solving by mathematical and computational modeling, as well as experimental discovery and analysis. All students gain professional experience in a research, capstone, or internship project, usually in close association with faculty. Together these experiences can provide excellent preparation for employment or for graduate studies in physics, other sciences, engineering, medicine, law, or business.
Most physicists and astronomers work in research and development in industrial, government, or university labs to solve new problems in technology and science. They also share the beauty discovered in our physical universe by teaching in high schools, colleges, and universities.
A degree in physics or physics–astronomy can provide:
For more information about careers for physics and astronomy majors, see Careers for Physics Majors.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
For more information see the BYU 2014–2015 Graduate Catalog.
Because mathematics provides the foundation for all work in the physical and mathematical sciences, high school preparation in this subject is of particular importance.