Physics (BS, BA, Minor)
Binghamton University, State University of New York
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Physics involves the study of matter and its motion, energy, and force. Physicists strive to understand nature at its fundamental level, from the path of a marble rolling off a table to the collective state of electrons in a superconductor. The Physics Department at Binghamton University offers tracks in pure physics, mathematical physics, engineering physics, and applied physics.
Internships, Research Opportunities, and More
The Physics Department provides several opportunities for students to participate in both experimental and theoretical research:
- Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
- Condensed matter
- High energy theory
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!
Scholarships and Funding
High-performing students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
PHYS 121 - General Physics I
Basic concepts underlying physical phenomena, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, forces found in nature, rotational motion, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, fluids, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Helps students understand natural phenomena and technology encountered in the modern world. Prior experience in physics and calculus is not assumed. For majors and non-majors. Prerequisites: high school trigonometry and algebra. Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
PHYS 131 - Gen. Physics I(Calculus Based)
A calculus-based introduction to the basic concepts underlying physical phenomena, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, forces found in nature, rotational motion, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, fluids, thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Lectures, discussion, demonstration, and laboratory. Prerequisites: high school trigonometry and algebra; AP calculus or MATH 221 as corequisite. Levels: Undergraduate
MATH 224 - Differential Calculus
This is a 2-credit course in differential calculus covering limits, continuity, and differentiation. Prerequisites: MATH 223 with a grade of C- or better, or Placement Exam. Offered each half semester. 2 credits. Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
MATH 225 - Integral Calculus
This is a 2-credit course in integral calculus covering optimization and integration. Prerequisites: MATH 224 with a grade of C- or better. Offered 2nd half of the fall semester and both half semesters of the spring semester. 2 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHYS 122 - General Physics II
Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, wave motion, and light. Lecture, laboratory, demonstration, and discussions. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or PHYS 131. Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
PHYS 132 - Gen. Physics II(Calculus Based
Fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, light, wave motion, and relativity. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 131. Corequisite: MATH 222. Levels: Undergraduate
MATH 226 - Integration Tech & Application
This is a 2-credit course covering the calculus of transcendental & inverse functions, L’Hospital’s Rule, integral techniques, improper integrals, calculus of parametric curves, and polar coordinates. Prerequisites: Math 225 with a grade of at least a C- or consent of instructor. 2 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
CHEM 111 - Chemical Principles
A one-semester introductory course in modern chemistry for potential science and engineering majors. Covers molecular structure and bonding, solids, organic chemistry and polymers, acid/base and redox chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and kinetics in both lecture and laboratory. Fulfills all requirements met by CHEM 107-108.Credits: 4. Format: 3 hour lecture; 2 hour discussion; 3 hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: high school chemistry. Not open to students who have credit for CHEM 107 or CHEM 108. If taken as a part of a pre-health track an additional semester of inorganic chemistry must be taken to fulfill the requirement. Offered Fall and Spring. Course fee applies. Refer to the Schedule of Classes. Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
After You Graduate
A bachelor’s degree in physics can lead to graduate study in physics, engineering, applied physics, or applied mathematics. The curriculum encourages the development of analytical, laboratory, and reasoning skills that make physics majors useful in a variety of work environments. Students with a degree in physics can find work in fields such as law, astronomy, computer science, engineering, medicine, and finance.