Undergraduate Programs

The Physics Department awards both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics as well as a minor in Physics. In addition, it directs a Bachelor of Science in Biophysical Sciences.

  • The B.S. degree in Physics is particularly appropriate for students who plan careers in physics in industry, research laboratories or academia. The B.S. degree is attractive as a second major for students whose are also pursuing degrees in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemistry as there is significant overlap in course requirements.
  • The B.A. degree in Physics is designed for students who wish to combine a physics curriculum with a broad liberal arts program with the intention of pursuing careers such as teaching, business and government. It is attractive as a second major for students whose primary interest is in the social sciences, business, humanities, or fine arts.
  • A minor in physics is appropriate for any student interested in modern physics.

For more information about majoring or minoring in physics, please contact Dr. Simon Dalley (Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physics) in Room 207 Fondren Science or at sdalley@smu.edu.

  • The B.S. degree in Biophysical Sciences bridges the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, connecting the complexity of life to the laws of physics. The program at SMU consists of core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the School of Education. It includes the entire SMU pre-health curriculum and additional courses that provide advanced learning in order to provide a strong foundation for careers in medicine or research.

For more information about majoring in biophysical science, please contact Dr. Jodi Cooley (Director of Undergraduate Biophysical Sciences Program) in Room 151 Fondren Science or at cooley@smu.edu.