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Physics is the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them. A Physics major teaches you to ask fundamental questions, and then answer those questions through observation and experimentation. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around, inside, and beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. The Physics Department offers you several distinct and flexible degree options which lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Depending on your career interests, you can choose from Bachelor of Science in Physics; Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics; or a Bachelor of Science in Physics – Secondary Teacher Certification.

Courses to expect for this major include Modern Laboratory Methods, Special Problems, Electricity and Magnetism and Modern Physics.

Career Options

The Physics program at OSU prepares you to be competitive in a wide variety of career opportunities and we are confident our program prepares you for the diverse work environment. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields.

  • Graduate School
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Space
  • Business
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Government
  • Meteorology
  • Education

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist you in an eight semester plan guiding you to graduate within four years. You may use this as a guide to plan your undergraduate education, but you should adjust it to fit your personal goals.

 BS- Physics

Option -  Applied Physics
Option - Secondary Teaching


You should consider a physics minor if you would like an exposure to science and technology, or if you want to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving. The minor is an excellent preparation for careers in business, education, law, medicine or engineering. 

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.

When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Department of Physics offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

Become an OK-LSAMP Scholar! OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The OK-LSAMP scholarship program provides scholars with increased opportunities and connections, including undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, international experiences, and internships/externships with companies in the STEM fields. 

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145 Physical Sciences Bldg.
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078


114 Life Sciences East
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078