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Physics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
Physics is crucial to understanding our world. Physics challenges our imagination, provides insight into our most important challenges and leads to great discoveries and new technologies. Physicists are problem solvers whose analytical skills and training make them versatile and adaptable. A foundation in physics provides a gateway to interdisciplinary careers incorporating many scientific and educational fields, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, climate science, environmental science, geoscience, mathematics, medicine and teaching.
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Overview

  • The physics department at Smith is a small, tight knit community that provides students with a strong preparation that combines a rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching techniques and supportive, personable faculty and staff. Our students often double major with astronomy, computer science, math, engineering, chemistry and even architecture. When you study physics at Smith, you have the opportunity to carry out leading-edge research on your own or in collaboration with Smith faculty starting your first year. Research interests among our faculty include nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, complex fluids, molecular materials, low-dimensional systems, cold atom physics and cosmology.
  • But you don't have to be a physics major to get in on the fun. In your physics classes at Smith, you'll ride a hovercraft and build a balloon helicopter to experience Newton's laws, imitate ice skaters to understand conservation principles, and build your own electric generator and make your own lightning to explore electricity and magnetism. You'll create rainbows out of light waves, build your own laser and send a single photon simultaneously through two different doors to uncover the quantum world. You'll put physics into practice by capturing solar energy and using an infrared camera to visualize heat flow and improve energy efficiency. Be a part of the world around you: study physics at Smith!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced General Physics
  • General Physics
  • Mathematical Methods of Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Modern Physics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Thermal Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Physics Lab
  • Current Topics in Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    98

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • the formal application
  • application fee ($60)
  • official transcripts of the undergraduate record
  • letters of recommendation from instructors at the undergraduate institution
  • GRE - required for applicants to the MS in biological sciences
  • applicants from non–English-speaking countries must submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • a paper written in an advanced undergraduate course; MFA playwriting candidates must also submit one or more full-length scripts or the equivalent

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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