Bachelor of Science or Arts
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs in physics at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) are taught jointly by the faculties of MSU Denver and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; MSU Denver students receive instruction from the faculty of both institutions.
Bachelor of Science—Designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in physics and/or for those who want to work in industry.
Bachelor of Arts—Designed for students who wish to pursue a secondary teaching licensure and/or pursue a dual degree in engineering, mathematics or any of the sciences.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Department of Physics delivers the academic content you expect in a bachelor degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our city’s physics community. Students here have the advantage of the following unique opportunities:
• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus in the heart of downtown Denver.
• Benefit from small classes and a dedicated faculty who offer hands-on advising/mentoring.
• Learn critical-thinking skills, inventiveness and the ability to address unforeseen problems.
• Improve your mechanical aptitude and your capacity to learn new technologies quickly.
• Work as a team member, and take advantage of research and investigation opportunities.
• Enhance overall communication effectiveness through verbal and technical writing skills.
• Develop stronger analytical, applied mathematical and advanced mathematical skills.
• Work in state-of-the-art laboratories and gain experience with sophisticated equipment.
• Learn and gain valuable experience with computer programming, modeling and simulations.
• Join the Society of Physics Students for social, educational and networking opportunities.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Earning a Bachelor of Science in physics from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies or for careers such as:
Computer Hardware and Software
Analyst or systems analyst
Programmer or software engineer
Technical support staff
High school physics or science teacher
Middle school science teacher
Application, design, development, manufacturing, process, product or technical services engineer
Electrical, laser, mechanical, optical, research, project, systems or test engineer
Research and Technical
Lab assistant or technician
Physical sciences technician
Research assistant, associate or technician
Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in physics can also qualify for many of these jobs when their physics degree is coupled with another science or engineering minor or major. Some careers may require further education or training.
Hear from our students:
“My degree in physics has been tremendously useful. The critical problem-solving skills and rigorous mathematical background that come from a classic physics education has enabled my research to cross many disciplines and fields. I found that the small class size and access to advanced courses and topical seminars afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to far more than my peers attending larger schools.”
—Jason Byrd, PhD (BS in physics 2007) Junior staff scientist, Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida
Alumni at Work
A few organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s physics degree programs include:
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Denver Public Schools
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (via post-doctoral appointment)
Other graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at schools such as:
University of Indiana
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Denver
University of California, Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology
Modern Physics I and II
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Various junior and advanced laboratories
The bachelor degree programs in the Department of Physics are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.