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There are multiple ways to earn an undergraduate degree in Physics at Texas A&M University. First you will choose which degree program will work best for you — the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). If you choose the B.S., you will then choose which track works best for your interests.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics will provide you with a firm foundation in physics. The B.A. program is the most flexible option for a Physics degree because it includes a generous number of electives and requires a minor from another discipline.

You will gain a secondary area of specialization through the minor requirement. This allows you to prepare for any science-related or science-required field, rom intellectual property law and science reporting to physics teaching.

University-Approved Minors

Although not required for the B.A. program, you have the opportunity to become directly involved in any of the active research programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements than the Bachelor of Arts. An important part of the B.S. program is student participation in experimental or theoretical research guided by faculty.

There are seven different degree programs available that lead to a B.S. in Physics at Texas A&M:

  • General Physics (no track)
  • Astrophysics Track
  • Business Track
  • Computational Science Track
  • Materials Science Track
  • Physics and Mathematics Teaching Track
  • Physical Science Teaching Track

Each track results in the B.S. in Physics degree and has the same core physics courses and the same total number of hours.

The B.S. in Physics is excellent preparation for fields that are rooted in physics, such as:

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Material science
  • Oceanography
  • Nano-engineering

Physicists also apply their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine.