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Physics Major

BS in Physics
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Degree Plan

Physicists attempt to understand natural laws using in-depth analysis of simple systems. Studying physics requires insight about those features of a problem that are most significant, and possession of the experimental, analytical, or numerical skills to solve these problems. Physicists make significant contributions in many fields. In the last century, physicists have received several Nobel prizes in chemistry, biology and economics. Students considering majoring in physics should have strong mathematics backgrounds. Those who have a natural curiosity for investigating how things work would enjoy physics as a major. Potential physics majors should also have an interest in other natural sciences such as chemistry. Many employers find physics majors attractive because they possess strong mathematics backgrounds and computation skills, and have experience with instrumentation and measurement.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements . You are also urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements .


UH graduates with the B.S. in physics are prepared to enter Physics graduate programs leading to the master’s or Ph.D. degrees in physics. They are also prepared for careers in many diverse areas requiring a Physics degree, such as within the aerospace industry at NASA, and the high-tech materials and electronics industries. Students with training in Physics also find employment in fields as diverse as commodities or stock brokerage, medicine, and the energy industry. Graduates with a B.A in Physics generally are prepared to teach Physics at the high school level, once they have obtained the appropriate teacher certifications. They are also prepared to enter graduate programs in business administration or law. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers. For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services.

Contact Information

Department of Physics
617 Science and Research Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-5005
Phone: 713-743-3550

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