University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Undergraduate Physics

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Alexander Harrison Card

B.S. Physics, Engineering Emphasis

In addition to his Physics degree, Alex will be graduating with a double major in Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics. He has received a Research Assistantship with Dr. Setthivoine You at the University of Washington-Seattle’s William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which he will begin after graduation.

physics lab
An undergraduate physics lab.
photo by Paul Knutson

The undergraduate physics program at Minnesota offers a flexible, real-world approach to the physics major. We offer physics major programs that prepare you for careers in engineering and applied physics, computer applications, secondary school teaching, or biomedical sciences as well as one that gives an excellent preparation of physics graduate work. In addition we offer a liberal arts physics major, the liberal arts degree for the modern world. Each of these programs is tailored to your specific needs by the careful choice of technical electives chosen in consultation with your physics advisor.

Physics learning is a process that involves intellectual engagement and hands-on experience. Imagination, creativity, real world problem solving, communication, and team work are an important part of the process. We emphasize the important connection between reality and theory with a substantive laboratory component to every physics program. Each includes a year long course called Methods in Experimental Physics in which students get experience using modern experimental equipment, including computer interfacing, and end up designing, constructing, analyzing, and presenting the results of their own experiment. All physics majors are encouraged to participate in our research groups working on the frontiers of knowledge. These positions often offer financial support either through the University's UROP program or directly from the research group. Physics majors, especially those interested in pursuing an advanced degree or a career in teaching, can also obtain a teaching assistant position in the department.

Interested in becoming a Physics Major?

Email advisor@physics.umn.edu to talk to an advisor.

Undergraduate Program Handbook

You can find out all the details of the program in the Undergraduate Handbook.