Undergraduate Program

Do you seek to understand the laws of nature and develop an analytical and creative mindset?

We provide our physics undergraduates with a rigorous core program and opportunities for cuttingedge research.

For our alumni, a physics major at Boston College has opened doors to employment in world-leading tech and consulting companies and as faculty who work on forefront research across the globe.

Our department has recently undergone a dramatic expansion, including the hiring of several new faculty members and development of world-class research programs, which has propelled us into the forefront of research into complex materials. The department strongly encourages undergraduates to become involved in faculty research -- there is no better way to learn physics than by doing physics!

We are a relatively small and closely-knit department, with a ratio of undergraduate majors to faculty of about 4:1. Students are welcomed in a friendly environment in which they can easily interact with faculty for help with their coursework, advising, or just an informal chat.

What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?

Physics Careers

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As a physics major, you will:

  • Study laws of classical and quantum physics and their applications 
  • Develop mathematical and computational skills for solving quantitative problems
  • Learn how to obtain, organize, analyze, and interpret scientific data.

In addition to an academic career in physics, engineering, or a related area, a physics degree opens a wide range of professional opportunities. Physicists are highly valued and sought for numerous industrial and governmental positions, including in the following fields:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Health and Medicine
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Instrumentation and Manufacturing
  • Material Science and Nanotechnology
  • Computer Science and Quantum Information
  • Finance and System Management

Undergraduate Resources

Teaching Laboratories

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Lecture Demonstrations

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Undergraduate Resource Room

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