Undergraduate Program

Students who major in physics go on to successful careers in a variety of fields that impact both big research problems and our technologically-based global economy. The UAB Department of Physics offers a rigorous but flexible undergraduate program that emphasizes both depth and breadth in order to meet the demands of tomorrow’s technology-based research and education global scenes.

In order for our students to develop the skills that employers desire and that Grand Challenge interdisciplinary research problems demand, the UAB Department of Physics offers five different undergraduate tracks designed to help students achieve their career goals not only in traditional physics, but also in closely-related engineering, STEM, teaching, computational, and medical fields.

Undergraduate physics students may take a specific cluster of courses that align with one of our tracks—General PhysicsAdvanced PhysicsApplied PhysicsComputational Physics, or Biophysics. This personalized and targeted approach allows our students to tailor their degree to their own interests and develop a specialization within the field, giving them a competitive edge over their peers after graduation.

All our areas of focus place an emphasis on excellence and on using critical thinking and systematic analysis to understand complex theories and solve today's scientific problems. We graduate a diverse group of students with well-developed complex skills, who are well-connected to industry and well-prepared to serve a fast-changing and technology-driven society.

 

 

While theory is essential to a successful career in physics, we believe that conducting top-level sophisticated research early in your undergraduate career is a vital part of a good physics education and gives students a competitive advantage over their peers. Our students are given the opportunity to work in faculty research labs, publish peer-reviewed papers on their research, and present their findings at national conferences and invited talks at other universities. This unique opportunity has allowed our students to compete on the highest level for entrance into the country’s top graduate programs and medical schools, and land prestigious jobs at world-renowned companies, national labs, and agencies.

Through our Faculty Mentoring System, all physics majors meet regularly with a faculty mentor that specializes in the Physics Track that best meets their interests. This mentor will guide the student to develop the most effective course sequence that best fits his/her individual interests and aspirations. In addition, the mentor will connect the student with research, provide academic support and career guidance, and see the student through graduation. This aspect of the program goes beyond typical academic advising to give our students both the knowledge and the opportunities they need to succeed while in school and after they graduate.


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