University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Physics

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B.S. Physics with Honors, Professional Emphasis

As an undergraduate, Nicholas conducted research with the Bejing Spectrometer Collaboration (BESIII). In addition to his degree in Physics, he will graduate with a double major in Mathematics. For his academic achievements, Nicholas was awarded the Edmond B. Franklin Scholarship in Physics in academic year 2012-13. He was also awarded the Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship to do research in summer 2011.

After graduation, Nicholas will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school.

physics lab
An undergraduate physics lab.
photo by Paul Knutson

The undergraduate physics program at Minnesota offers a flexible, real-world approach to the physics major. We offer physics major programs that prepare you for careers in engineering and applied physics, computer applications, secondary school teaching, or biomedical sciences as well as one that gives an excellent preparation of physics graduate work. In addition we offer a liberal arts physics major, the liberal arts degree for the modern world. Each of these programs is tailored to your specific needs by the careful choice of technical electives chosen in consultation with your physics advisor.

Physics learning is a process that involves intellectual engagement and hands-on experience. Imagination, creativity, real world problem solving, communication, and team work are an important part of the process. We emphasize the important connection between reality and theory with a substantive laboratory component to every physics program. Each includes a year long course called Methods in Experimental Physics in which students get experience using modern experimental equipment, including computer interfacing, and end up designing, constructing, analyzing, and presenting the results of their own experiment. All physics majors are encouraged to participate in our research groups working on the frontiers of knowledge. These positions often offer financial support either through the University's UROP program or directly from the research group. Physics majors, especially those interested in pursuing an advanced degree or a career in teaching, can also obtain a teaching assistant position in the department.

Interested in becoming a Physics Major?

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Undergraduate Program Handbook

You can find out all the details of the program in the Undergraduate Handbook.