Physics (B.S.)

Investigating the most fundamental concepts of the universe, from relativity and quantum weirdness to nanotechnology and other practical applications of materials science, is just another day in the life of a physicist. A payday in the life of a physicist is even more gratifying: statistics show that graduates with a B.S. in physics earn higher salaries than do graduates in almost any other field. With career placement in research facilities such as the Naval Research Lab and prestigious universities such as Loyola and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, UNO physics majors are placed on a track toward both academic and professional fulfillment.

As a physics major at UNO, you’ll find more options than ever when you explore our new concentrations in engineering physics and materials science. For instance, if you have an interest in multidisciplinary studies, you may use credit from courses in other areas of science and engineering toward a physics degree. Similarly, engineering, chemistry, or math enthusiasts may choose to double major with physics in order to round out their understanding. Of course, a traditional physics curriculum is still available if you are looking for an advanced education in physics.

Once you have a bachelor’s degree in hand, you may follow the majority of UNO physics graduates into our M.S. program in applied physics. At the Advanced Materials Research Institute, a world-class facility located on campus, you’ll get hands-on experience in materials science. But the advanced research does not stop there; you’ll also have the opportunity to study optics, oceanography, and state-of-the-art signals processing with Fourier, wavelet, and other image- and signal-analysis techniques.

With so many options to choose from, you’ll find that a UNO degree in physics will provide the foundation you need to pursue advanced study or an exciting position in industry.

Department of Physics

Curriculum & Requirements

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Related Minors

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Selected Courses

  • Modern Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics