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Physics (BS)

A deeper understanding of God’s design.

Space travel. Text messages. Medical imaging. Harnessing the power of physics has revolutionized our lives, and studying this exciting branch of science will prepare you for advanced studies in engineering, computer science, mathematics or medicine -- or for careers in industry or education.

ACU physics students gain extensive experience as undergraduates. Not mere observers of physics research, they are active, well-trained participants entrusted with key responsibilities in their work with faculty members and international scientists at national research laboratories.

Our program offers four tracks to allow you to focus your studies, as well as a teacher certification option.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 33-70 credit hours (Choice of 5 tracks)
+ Electives: 2-39 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 5
Department Engineering and Physics
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • General Relativity
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  • Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Engineering Science Technology
  • Engineering Physics
  • Computational Physics

What can you do after graduation?

  • Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Metallurgist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Technology Director
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Particle Accelerator Operations Analyst
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Physics students at ACU participate in many hands-on learning experiences, including:

  • Summer internships at national labs
  • Research assistantships
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Service-learning trips

About the Engineering and Physics Department

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ACU undergraduate engineering and physics majors pursue a deeper understanding of the physical world through theory, application, analysis and practical design. Their education comes under the mentorship of dedicated Christian faculty who are active research physicists, and who guide them in unrivaled opportunities for research at top national laboratories and private firms.

At ACU, we admire God’s handiwork in the laws of the universe, and seek to understand and apply those principles to solve big problems while improving the lives of people around the world.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.