Physics is the science that has as its objective the formulation and verification of laws or relationships among the different physical quantities. Some of the most important of these quantities are mass, time, length, force, energy, momentum, electric charge, electric field strength, entropy and wavelength. These quantities and the relations among them, which we call laws, have been found to serve in and to explain a wide range of phenomena such as occur in mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics and in such related subjects as engineering, biophysics, meteorology and geophysics. In addition, the subject of philosophy is profoundly influenced both by the methods and development of physics. The department also offers a variety of courses in astronomy. These courses are designed to provide a good background in the related fields of mathematics and physics and to include a thorough preparation in astronomy and astrophysics. See below for catalog details detailing all five available physics concentrations.
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Teaching endorsements are available in the major and minor teaching fields of Physics.
For a list of requirements contact Andrew Ware.
NOTE: If you would like a printable version of all degree requirements, or a (4-year) Sample Course Plan for any of the majors above, please contact Andrew Ware. In addition, current UM students may access fully interactive course plans for all 4 majors by logging into their DegreeWorks portal. Once logged in, click on "Plans," then "Select Template," and select one of the Physics templates.