Physics and astronomy students are driven to understand the nature of space, time, and matter from the quantum level to the outer reaches of the universe. They are intellectually curious, bright, and confident individuals preparing to make their mark in a wide range of careers.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Outside of class, you may join the Society of Physics Students, which is open to all students interested in the subject. The society coordinates field trips and activities that foster student-faculty interaction and scientific learning.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Students majoring in physics may earn a BA or a BS degree.
In general, the BS program prepares students for graduate study in physics or astronomy and for research-related careers.
The BA program provides preparation for professional or graduate study, for careers in fields such as administration, business, and technical writing; or for secondary school teaching. BA students take fewer mathematics and physics courses and have a broader choice of electives.
In addition to course work for the major, students must complete the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
To learn about required course work for the major or minor and graduating with honors, review Physics and Astronomy in the General Catalog.
Review the College of Education's Science Education Program for information about the Teacher Education Program. Physics students may apply to a combined five-year degree program of Physics BA and Master of Arts in Teaching with science licensure.