A major in physics is a strategic imperative to introduce fundamental laws and model-building techniques, to awaken students to the power of the universe, and to support base knowledge in mathematics, engineering, and other fields. Physics students develop skills, such as numeracy, problem solving, data analysis, and the communication of complex ideas, that are in high demand in industry and organizations.

Physics Degree Options

UW Bothell offers two degrees in Physics--the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA)--and a minor in Physics.

Bachelor of Science in Physics (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Physics (BS) allows students to pursue a rigorous curriculum focused on the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.The degree includes the traditional areas of physics and has four possible (non-transcripted) concentrations: general physics, astrophysics, biophysics and condensed matter.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics (BA) combines a rigorous curriculum covering the foundations of physics with a career track for students who want to become middle or high school teachers.

Minor in Physics

The Physics minor is an excellent choice for students in other STEM majors, especially Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Chemistry. By pursuing the Physics minor, you demonstrate to prospective employers or graduate schools the depth and rigor of your academic preparation and laboratory experience.

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Physics Research at UW Bothell

Physics faculty at UWB are helping to expand our knowledge of the world. Faculty research focuses on areas such as gravitational wave astronomy and improving student outcomes in Physics courses. Research is an integral part of the Physics program at UWB. Physics majors actively participate in research by designing and carrying out experiments, writing scientific papers and presenting at regional and national conferences.

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Career Possibilities for Physics Majors

Studying Physics at UWB provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to be successful physicists and also to pursue careers in many diverse sectors. Our Physics graduates are fully prepared to enter a wide variety of occupations or to pursue further studies at graduate or professional schools. Physics graduates find satisfying and rewarding work in a wide array of industries and organizations, including:

  • Research laboratories
  • Space and astronomy
  • Medical science
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Geophysics and Meteorology