The Department of Physics offers majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Technology. Students who seek the Liberal Arts and Science major can generally be grouped into three categories:
- Professional physicist: these students intend to pursue a graduate degree in physics.
- Professional school preparatory: these students use the physics major as preparation for professional school programs such as medicine, engineering, or law.
- Second major: these students use the physics major to develop problem solving skills and increase their understanding of the physical universe while choosing their primary major in areas such as chemistry, mathematics or computer information systems.
- Secondary education-physics teaching: these students plan to teach physics at the high-school level.
The department also offers a physics minor. Students who wish to minor in physics must take three introductory physics courses and three elective courses.