Physics

The Department of Physics and Biophysics at the University of San Diego offers a strong commitment to undergraduate physics education in a liberal arts environment including small class sizes, individualized attention and the ability to do one-on-one research with physicists active in their fields.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, exploring the universe from its smallest to grandest scales. Physicists use the language of mathematics to understand and describe nature in both its greatest simplicity and its most uncontrollable complexity. Students of physics become model-builders of everything from the architecture of the cosmos, to the substructure of the nuclei, and even the hidden patterns of the stock market. The bachelor’s degree in physics prepares students for a wide range of career paths including graduate programs in physics, astronomy, or engineering, as well as careers in data science, engineering and national laboratories. Students also go on to earn law and medical degrees and teach all ages from preschool to graduate school.