STEM Programs

Physics Degree

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Physics is the most fundamental of the physical sciences and involves the basic principles that govern the workings of the universe—from atoms to galaxies. The understanding of nature and the problem-solving abilities that physics majors develop serve them well in any technical field. If you want to help solve the world's problems, then a physics degree is where it's at!

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Why should I earn a physics degree?

Big Ideas

Study the origin of the universe and other big concepts. You could design experiments and work with high-level equipment like particle accelerators, electron microscopes, lasers, and more.

High Income Potential

The median income for physicists was $120,950 per year in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Good Outlook

Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

What Can I Do With a Physics Degree

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Engineering firms
  • Wind and solar energy sectors

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Why study physics at BVU?

In the Lab

Work in state-of-the-art facilities, like the Robotics Lab, with cutting-edge equipment, like a parallel computer for space research and 3D printer.

Individualized Attention

Work one-on-one and in groups with expert professors. All advanced physics courses are delivered in a flipped format, which is an alternative model to the traditional “lecture style” of teaching.


Dive in to a high-quality research project to grow your problem solving and analytical skills.

Internships of Past BVU Physics Students

  • NASA
  • Monticello Nuclear
  • REU: University of Nebraska
  • REU: Montana State University
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Dr. Stone has been invited to be part of a grant out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in which he will contribute code for the Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) program. He will help calculate and verify the look direction of the Galileo spacecraft’s Energetic Particle Detector during the spacecraft’s Jovian moon encounters. 

Physics Concentrations

General Physics

Choose courses in calculus, physics, classical and quantum mechanics, and more.

Engineering Physics

Take general physics and pre-engineering courses at BVU. Complete your engineering curriculum and earn a dual degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

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Physics Education

Take courses that prepare you to teach physics in middle and high school (5-12) classrooms. Both majors and minors are available.

Physics Courses

  • Major in Physics (51 Credit Hours)
  • Major in Engineering Physics (31 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Physics (17 Credit Hours)
  • Major in Physics with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (42 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Physics with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (24 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Physics Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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