Physics majors are interested in understanding the nature of the physical universe. This interest may focus on more specific sub-areas, such as the physics of elementary particles; the properties of solid matter; or the evolution of stars, galaxies, and black holes. A successful physics major will develop analytical and problem-solving skills which will be useful in a wide range of possible applications and careers.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

The department sponsors a local chapter of the Society of Physics Students. The department also has an honors program. Students are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in physics on the basis of performance in introductory courses. Physics majors participating in the Physics Honors Program must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA in physics courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Honors students must also submit an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in physics or astronomy and participate in an Honors Seminar course. Students can inquire at the Department of Physics and Astronomy office for further information.