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Physics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The undergraduate Physics major at Boston University gives students a foundation of knowledge and problem-solving ability on which they can build a variety of careers. The Physics Department prides itself on the quality of its teaching while also maintaining a vigorous research program.
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The diverse faculty ensures majors an opportunity for close interaction with their instructors and mentors. Students are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects; many students get involved as early as their sophomore year. Qualified students can enroll as seniors in independent projects leading to a degree with honors (CAS PY 401/402).

In addition to on-campus research, in the spring semester of their junior year, students may participate in the Geneva Physics Program. The Geneva Program, in cooperation with the University of Geneva, brings students directly to the cutting edge of modern physics. With classes at the University of Geneva and directed research at CERN, students work with the world’s leading physicists to explore the universe on the level of its most basic constituent particles. For more information, visit the Geneva Physics Program website.

Although many of our graduates continue their careers in physics or astronomy, a BA in physics also prepares students for careers in areas such as industrial research and development, engineering, environmental science, medical physics, geophysics, oceanography, computer science, and energy resource management. It is also ideal preparation for entering professional schools, such as medicine, law, teaching, engineering, or management.

Reflecting the diversity of careers available to our students, the department offers two curricular track options: the Interdisciplinary Option, which gives students the flexibility to combine physics with another focus area in an interdisciplinary program, and the Graduate Option, which is intended to prepare students for the study of physics or a closely related subject in graduate school.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding and mastery of techniques for solving problems in electro- and magnetostatics.
  • Demonstrate a thorough and advanced understanding of the core areas of physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal and statistical physics, and quantum mechanics, along with the mathematics necessary for qualitative and quantitative analyses in these areas.
  • Show evidence of the capability of acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data in the core areas of physics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modern Physics
  • Electronics for Scientists 
  • Senior Independent Work 
  • Advanced Scientific Computing 
  • Undergraduate Physics Seminar 
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics 
  • Introduction to Particle Physics

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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