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Undergraduate Director: Dr. Dawn Williams
Physics Major Tracks
There are four tracks leading to the bachelor of science (BS) degree in physics:
- the graduate school track, for students considering graduate work in physics
- the astrophysics track, for students interested in astronomy or space science
- the biophysics track, for students planning a career in a health profession
- the physics education track, for students who want to teach in grades K–12
More information on the physics major and these tracks can be found on our Major Requirements page.
High School Physics Teacher Certification
We have a new program to recruit and train students who are interested in becoming certified high school physics teachers. For more information, visit our PhysTEC website.
Double Major with Engineering
We also offer a second-major curriculum for engineering majors. For example, electrical and computer engineering majors need only 4 additional hours beyond their normal program to complete a second major in physics. This combination of fundamental and applied physics can be highly advantageous when the graduate enters the job market. More information is available at the bottom of our Major Requirements page.
Special Academic Programs
Accelerated Masters Program
The University of Alabama offers an ‘Accelerated Masters Program’ for highly motivated undergrads. The program may lead to simultaneous completion of requirements for both master’s and bachelor’s degrees, each within its specified framework. Upon completion, students enter the job market with increased earnings potential. More information is available at the Graduate School website.
The University of Alabama offers undergraduate students opportunities to participate in (a) cooperative exchange programs and (b) 1-2 semester national exchange program. Details on both programs can be found at the University’s Special Academic programs website.