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Physics

Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

Effective fall 2021, there will be no admission to the program for both current and prospective students as this program is on administrative hold.


Physics is the most basic and fundamental science and is crucial to understanding our world. Physicists are problem solvers with the analytical skills that make them versatile and adaptable to many interesting jobs, such as astronauts, consultants, stock analysts and any career where analytical thinking is important. A degree in Physics can lead to work or graduate study in many areas, including engineering, medicine, astronomy, astrophysics, applied mathematics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, meteorology and oceanography. A Physics major considering graduate or professional school should confer with a Physics advisor to plan a program to meet the student's specific needs and assure entrance into such a school.

Students who are interested in an engineering degree may elect the Physics B.S. program, complete major requirements over three years, transfer to an engineering school of choice, and be awarded the B.S. in Physics from Keene State after receiving the appropriate engineering bachelor's degree.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits

Major Requirements

64 credits

Core Courses

36 credits

INPHYS 241 University Physics I
PHYS 242 University Physics II
PHYS 260 Electronics
PHYS 275 University Physics III
PHYS 330 Thermodynamics
PHYS 339 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 440 Electricity & Magnetism

Choose one:

  • IIPHYS 342 Data Analysis for Scientists
  • ISCS 210 Python Programming

Related Fields

28 credits

MATH 151 Calculus I
MATH 152 Calculus II
MATH 251 Vector Calculus
MATH 231 Linear Algebra
MATH 361 Differential Equations
INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II

Electives

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level