The University of Michigan has one of the country's premier programs for the training of undergraduate and graduate students in physics. The Physics Department has abundant facilities for instruction in physics and offers a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research programs open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduates concentrating in physics have several degree choices:

  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Interdisciplinary Physics (A.B. or B.S.)
  • Honors Physics Program
  • Physics Minor

A total of 60 credits of mathematics and natural science must be elected to receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

Interested undergraduates may also want to look into work in medical physics (a promising path for pre-med students) in the Applied Physics program, or in the Engineering Physics program.

The analytical and quantitative thinking skills you will develop as you work toward any of these degrees will be of great value in many different careers. Most physics majors at U-M follow one (or more) of three paths after graduation:  

  • graduate work in physics or another field
  • employment in industry, software development, or associated field
  • professional school in medicine, business, law, or associated area.


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