The Physics Department offers programs that give a strong foundation in classical and quantum physics plus opportunities for more in-depth study and research in cutting-edge areas of faculty expertise both in Physics and other departments at SMU.
B.S. degree in Physics
This is particularly appropriate for students planning careers in industry, research laboratories or academia requiring a comprehensive training in physics. The B.S. degree is attractive as a second major for students who are also pursuing degrees in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemistry as there is significant overlap in course requirements. The recommended semester-by-semester sequence of courses to the BS degree is shown here
B.S. degree in Physics with Specialization in Cosmology & Astrophysics
This is designed for students planning careers or postgraduate work in astronomy or astrophysics, or just a strong interest in the latest discoveries. The elective courses of the B.S. are taken in cosmology, stellar and galactic physics. The recommended semester-by-semester sequence of courses to the BS degree with Specialization in Cosmology and Astrophysics is shown here.
B.A. degree in Physics
The B.A. degree in Physics is particularly appropriate for students who wish to combine a physics curriculum with a broad liberal arts program with the intention of pursuing careers such as medicine, law, teaching, IT, business and government. It is also attractive as a second major in combination with degrees in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemistry as there is significant overlap in course requirements. The recommended sequencing of courses for a Bachelor of Arts Degree is shown here (matriculation before 2022) and here (matriculation from 2022).
Minor in Physics
This program is appropriate for any student interested in going beyond introductory physics courses to get a taste of modern physics and recent discoveries.
B.S. degree in Biophysical Sciences
This degree is directed by the physics department and bridges the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, connecting the complexity of life to the laws of physics. The program at SMU includes the entire SMU pre-health curriculum and additional courses that provide advanced learning for careers in medicine or research.