The Department of Physics’ goal is to prepare students for productive careers analyzing complex physical systems using mathematics. A physics degree can lead to various careers: business analyst, data analyst, engineer, patent attorney, physicist, physics researcher, physics teacher or professor, or programmer.
Students can pick their specialization. Coursework that can lead to admission into a graduate program in physics is available. Applied physics is another option, which leads to a career as a technician or researcher in industrial technology. Nanomanufacturing technology is also available. After a small set of required core courses, students will pick from course offerings that will lead them toward a deeper understanding of their field of interest.
The Certificate in Secondary Science Teaching and the BS in Physics prepare students to become certified middle- and high-school teachers in Pennsylvania and other states. Secondary Physics Teachers from the program have a deep understanding of the physics principles and enjoy transmitting that knowledge to their students.
Nanofabrication Cooperative Experience
The IUP physics department participates in a cooperative agreement with Penn State University (PSU) to help address the Pennsylvania industry’s need for skilled nanofabrication workers. Anyone who meets the prerequisite requirements may enroll through IUP in a one-semester experience at the PSU Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). These courses are offered in two modes: (1) as a capstone semester experience at the Penn State CNEU or (2) as a hybrid capstone semester consisting of distance learning followed by a two-week hands-on lab experience CNEU. For more information, contact the physics department.