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Physics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
A professional physicist might be engaged in anything from exploring the origins of the universe to manipulating atoms for tomorrow’s computer chips. Physics majors are problem-solvers who can create and utilize quantitative models of real-world systems. 
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At Eckerd College, an institution with less than two thousand students, the atmosphere and environment allow individuals to flourish in a small-group cohesive environment. We typically graduate three to five physics majors a year and usually one or two of them are transfers who were “lost in the shuffle” at larger institutions. The coursework is rigorous, yet flexible; upper-level classes have typically five to eight students and even the introductory physics classes has only about twenty. The faculty-student interaction is thus elevated: more office hours, smaller seminars, discipline get-togethers, they all provide the student opportunity to assert themselves and strengthen the Eckerd physics community at the same time. Students are assigned a faculty mentor who help them design their course plan and answer questions. This process has fluidity as many students chat on an informal basis with their faculty mentor on a weekly basis. We also believe in the importance of research experience. Through both internal and external grants we are able to provide research opportunities to many of our students over the summer. This research often continues for coursework credit during the academic year.

The physics program produces fewer graduates than some other majors. But our physics graduates tend to stand out in their professional lives. We are extremely proud of their record, and equip our current and future students with the same level of preparation, so that we can be equally proud of their future accomplishments. If you have any questions about the Physics discipline please feel free to contact us — the more you tell us about your situation the better. We would be happy to talk on the phone, arrange a campus visit, facilitate communication with present students and alumni. We hope to hear from you soon!

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamental Physics I
  • Modern Physics
  • Electronics 
  • Optics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Quantum Physics 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $43 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $26,000 and the range was from $1,000 to $42,000.

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