Undergraduate Program

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. Our department offers four primary degree options:

PLEASE NOTE:  All documents above have been updated with the Major Requirement changes for the 2017-2018 Course Catalog.  Students who started at UM before the 2017-2018 academic year may elect to satisfy the major requirements prior to the 2017-2018 academic year.

Other options include:

  • An endorsement in the major teaching field of Physics
  • An endorsement in the minor teaching field of Physics
  • A minor in Physics
  • A minor in Astronomy