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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. Majors of the Physics program of Eckerd College 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 of Eckerd College 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. 

Careers in Physics

There is no simple answer to the question “What do you do with a physics major?” unless it is “Pretty much anything you want.” Some profiles of the work and graduate programs of recent graduates may give the best sense of what is available.


  • Engineering Technician
  • Bank Manager
  • Marketing
  • Air Force Officer
  • Software Engineer
  • Peace Corps

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 include:

  • Fundamental Physics
  • Waves and Relativity
  • Physical Chemistry Interpretive
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Classical Mechanics Interpretive
  • Electricity and Magnetism

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College application
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47044 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    47044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47044 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
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