Have you ever wondered how automobile airbags inflate? Have you ever thought about exploring the mysteries of electrons or black holes? A bachelorís degree in Physics at the University of North Texas can help you find a career investigating these and many other areas important to our daily lives.
Physicists use their strong math, problem solving and analytical skills as well as their imaginations to study the structure and interaction of matter and energy ó the way things work. This information is important in:
Their work often can lead to the development of new life-saving equipment, the institution of new regulations for a safer work place, the building of stronger structures or the advancement of new high-tech equipment.
The armed forces, the departments of Defense and Commerce, national laboratories and NASA employ physics graduates in a variety of research careers. You may teach high school physics or work for a company that manufactures technical equipment. A major in Physics also can prepare you for medical school or a graduate program in Physics or a related field, such as engineering or astrophysics.
In the Department of Physics, we provide you the flexibility to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics or a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree. Each degree program explores a wide variety of subjects such as:
These courses also will help you hone your written and oral communication skills for future careers that may require working with clients from nonphysics backgrounds. As you progress toward your degree, you can develop a specialization in solid state physics, optics, astrophysics or computer-based physics.
The low student-to-faculty ratio in upper-level courses allows you to receive personal attention from faculty members and to interact closely with your peers.
Many of our faculty members are internationally known in their fields, including the exploration of the acoustics of the human voice, studying electronic properties of artificially structured material with lasers and high voltage accelerators, searching for exo- planets orbiting other suns, observing supermassive black holes in distant galaxies, and unraveling the secrets of chaos and nonlinear phenomena. Faculty members have written several books and hundreds of journal articles about physics.
Undergraduate students are often involved in groundbreaking research being conducted in our state-of-the-art research facilities. Research facilities include the:
You can meet other students who share your interest in physics in the Society of Physics Students. The group conducts field trips and invites guest speakers to meetings. We also sponsor the annual Physics Colloquium, which presents other viewpoints and research being conducted by leading professionals in the field.
Scholarships are available to help you pay for your education. The scholarship application is available at www.physics.unt.edu using the undergraduate studies link. Other financial assistance programs include working as an academic assistant in the instructional physics laboratories or at the astronomy observatory and planetarium.
Your degree requirements vary depending on the bachelorís degree you pursue. In addition to necessary physics courses, both degree programs require numerous chemistry and math courses. The Bachelor of Science degree has two options, including one with a computer science course requirement.
Our Career Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.
If youíre attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320. More information is at transition.unt.edu.