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Physicists are problem solvers. The analytical skills they learn make them versatile and adaptable. The undergraduate physics program at UVM will provide you with a deep foundation of knowledge and practical experience which will prepare you for any field.

Our physics department offers both a bachelor of science (B.S.) and a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. Both degree options allow you to pursue graduate studies or work in industry. The B.S. degree has a more traditional physics focus which can serve as a foundation for careers in physics, industrial research, engineering, mathematics or computer science. 

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Each year the UVM chapters of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma organize a series of events for NanoDays, an annual national celebration of nanoscale science, technology and engineering that includes hands-on activities, demonstrations and lectures for the general public. The nearby ECHO Science Center in Burlington often hosts the event. It's one way UVM students give back to the local community.

The spirit of experiential, hands-on learning beyond the traditional classroom boundaries is alive and well in the UVM physics department. Students in our program can conduct research during the semester for class credit or during the summer with a stipend.  It’s not uncommon for undergraduate students publish their research in professional peer-reviewed scientific journals. Find examples of undergraduate research projects and existing opportunities in the department.

Careers

  • Physicist
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology

Where alumni work

  • Google
  • IBM
  • Applied Physics Lab (Johns Hopkins)
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • MicroGen Systems
  • Pratt & Whitney

Graduate Schools

  • California Technical Institute
  • Harvard
  • Harvard Medical School
  • UC Berkley
  • University of Maine

Related Information

Minors

Minor in Physics

Minor in Astronomy 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degrees, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and the mathematical concepts needed for a proper understanding of physics.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermal physics, and be able to apply this knowledge to analyze a broad range of physical phenomena.
  •  Perform experiments in a physics laboratory and analyze the measurements to draw valid conclusions.
  •  Communicate scientific results in both oral and written form.