The department offers several tracks to the bachelor’s degree in physics. In addition, the department offers minor and certificate options. They have rather different goals and provide for a wide range of possible activities after graduation. The BS in Physics program is designed for those who wish to use their knowledge of physics professionally. A minimum program is specified which provides the student with a mastery of essential aspects of physics and related areas.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is recognized nationally and internationally for faculty at the frontier of research who mentor graduate students on an individual level. The PhD program is designed to provide students with a broad experimental, observational, and/or theoretical foundation for successful careers as scientists. Completion of the requirements for the Masters in Science degree coincides with the pursuit of a PhD, requiring 30 credits to complete.