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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics


239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

716-645-2007
arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/physics.html

Xuedong Hu, Ph.D.
Chair (interim)
 
John Cerne, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
jcerne@buffalo.edu

Physics Overview

Physics is the fundamental science underlying the investigation of all natural phenomena. Its elegant experiments and fundamental theories have provided much of the advancements in present-day science and technology. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the vastness of cosmic expansion, and at the intermediate scales of our lives, in such areas as solid-state electronics, superconductivity, biological function, and geologic events - physics profoundly impacts our understanding of nature and our ability to harness its secrets for the progress of humankind. The department offers eight degree options for students interested in the study of physics: Physics BA,  Physics BS, Computational Physics BS, Mathematical Physics BS, two teaching of Physics BA degrees, and two Teaching of Physics BA/EdM combined degrees.

The BA in Physics is designed for students who are interested in physics but wish to have a broader education in their undergraduate years. Students who complete this program will have enough background to go on to graduate school in physics, but the program is more appropriate for students who desire a working knowledge of basic physics in order to pursue allied careers in such areas as geophysics, biophysics, science and public policy, to name a few possibilities.

The BS in Physics is designed for undergraduates considering professional careers as a physicist. It is strongly recommended for students planning to pursue physics PhD or MS degrees, and careers in research and development in academia, industry, or government laboratories that focus primarily on research, advanced development, or higher education in physics.

The BS in Computational Physics combines requirements from the BS in Physics and the BS in Computer Science. It is overseen by the Department of Physics and designed for students who are interested in applying advanced computer-based techniques to physics research, or who wish to develop technical software. The program is such that students can pursue a graduate degree in either physics or computer science. It is also possible to pursue a 5-year program leading to the degree, BS in Computational Physics/MS in Physics.

The BS in Mathematical Physics is overseen by the Department of Physics and co-administered by the Department of Mathematics. It is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in theoretical physics or applied mathematics and careers in these areas.

The BA in Physics with Teaching of Physics Concentration provides the essential background in physics and mathematics necessary for teaching physics at the secondary (grades 7-12) level.

The BA in Physics with Teaching of Physics and Chemistry Concentration provides the essential background in physics and chemistry necessary for teaching physics and chemistry at the secondary (grades 7-12) level. 

The BA/EdM in Physics with Teaching of Physics Concentration/Physics Adolescent Education degree provides the essential background in physics and mathematics necessary for teaching physics at the secondary (grades 7-12) level. The Physics Education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Physics BA and Physics Education EdM in five years.

The BA/EdM in Physics with Teaching of Physics and Chemistry Concentration/Physics Adolescent Education degree leads to a Physics BA and Physics Education EdM in five years and focuses on preparing you to teach physics and chemistry at the adolescence level. 

The Teaching of Physics tracks are highly appropriate for students who wish to pursue graduate study in education and/or teach at the secondary level; however, they are not recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in physics. For students who are interested in graduate study in physics, we recommend our BS degrees.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services office (275 Park Hall) and from faculty in their program of study. The CAS Student Advisement and Services Office assists undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences to plan their academic trajectory, develop goals and successfully complete their college careers.

Academic Advising Contact Information

College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisement & Services
275 Park Hall, North Campus
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Phone: 716-645-6883
Email: cas-advisor@buffalo.edu

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