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What is physics?

Physics is the study of natural phenomena, matter, energy and the interaction between them and unlocking the secrets of the universe. Physicists' discoveries, including solid-state transistors, lead to new technology and a broader understanding of the universe. A Physics major teaches you to ask fundamental questions, and then answer those questions through observation and experimentation. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around, inside and beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.

Why physics at OSU?

Our program offers you a personalized education through a combination of courses and research experience. The department strives to provide our students with a one-on-one experience, as well as opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in the areas of astronomy, atomic-molecular physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, high-energy physics and radiation physics. The Physics Department offers you several distinct and flexible degree options which lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Depending on your career interests, you can choose from Bachelor of Science in Physics; Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics; or a Bachelor of Science in Physics – Secondary Teacher Certification.

Career Paths

The physics program at OSU prepares you to be competitive in a wide variety of career opportunities and we are confident our program prepares you for the diverse work environment. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields:



Courses to expect for this major include Modern Laboratory Methods, Special Problems, Electricity and Magnetism and Modern Physics.


  • High energy physics
  • Nanostructures and condensed matter
  • Optics, photonics and atomic physics
  • Medical physics
  • Radiation physics and dosimetry
  • Specialized teaching and research labs
  • OSUTeach option

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