Bachelor of Science in Physics-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor of Science

B.S. degree candidates can choose not only from a wide variety of intermediate and advanced topics in physics, but also from a range of material in other science or engineering fields. The B.S. degree provides a solid foundation for students wishing to go on to graduate work in physics or any of a large number of fields in pure or applied science or engineering, for which a sound grasp of physics and mathematics is essential. This program also provides excellent preparation for careers in teaching, for work in industrial or governmental research and development, or for other employment in business or industry with a significant scientific component.

Degree requirements are as follows:

We offer a Physics Major with or without a track. A track is like a "menu deal" at a fast-food restaurant: when one chooses a track, one gets a package of physics and other required courses and electives. The specialized electives for each of the tracks are described below:

A student does not need to choose a track but can follow the general, non-track physics curriculum.  You can also take all the courses that a track requires without being in a track. You can declare, change, or quit your track by discussing with the Assistant Head for Undergraduate Affairs.  Most of the physics majors at Carnegie Mellon do not choose a track.

For further information, consult the Physics Dept Catalog.

Students planning to undertake graduate studies in physics are strongly advised to take the following courses:

  • 33-332 Physical Mechanics II
  • 33-339 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
  • 33-445 Advanced Quantum Physics I
  • 33-446 Advanced Quantum Physics II