Physics and Pre-Engineering

College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Students in a physics classroom

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Physics, B.S. (General Concentration)

Physics, B.S. (Engineering Physics Concentration)

Physics, B.S. (Teaching Concentration)

Degree Concentrations

  • Physics, B.S. (General Concentration)
  • Physics, B.S. (Engineering Physics Concentration)
  • Physics, B.S. (Teaching Concentration)
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Physics/Teaching

Who Would be Interested in Physics and Pre-Engineering?

Students who:

  • Want to further their education in graduate physics and become professors or researchers
  • Want to join the work force in a technical capacity such as a plant engineer or company scientist
  • Want to become engineers in fields such as mechanical, civil, or electrical through our dual degree programs
  • Aspire to become secondary physics teachers

Why Physics and Pre-Engineering?

  • Students will get personal attention in small classes from experts in Physics and Astronomy
  • Students will join a group of graduates with a strong track record of student success
  • Students will become a member of an extremely talented community of scholars who will be in class with you or who have gone on to other careers
  • This education will be second to none and this program will open doors that lead to world class opportunities such as studying abroad

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to this Program?

Students should have both an aptitude and love of mathematics. Students should also have a curiosity about how the world around them behaves in a systematic, simple way. Students may select any of the Physics options upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • One graduate is currently finishing her PhD at NASA though the graduate program at Vanderbilt University
  • Another graduate received a PhD from North Carolina State University and is on the faculty at Tennessee Tech University.
  • A third graduate is currently a laser physician in California

How Do I Get More Information?

Department of Physics, Geosciences, and Astronomy
Contact Dr. Jessica Lair,  Department Chair

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

There are several scholarships available for students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Visit to find more information on scholarship opportunities.