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Physicists are those who seek out "how things work" through the examination of the basic principles and phenomena of the universe.
Physics also relates to many other fields of study such as engineering, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics.
Physics at Longwood
We offer two degree options:
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
These options give students the freedom to choose a degree that best fits their interests.
The B.S. degree is for students wishing to pursue graduate study or careers in research, industry, teaching, or engineering.
The B.A. degree is essentially the same as the B.S. degree with the exception of additional courses in Humanities and Foreign Languages.
The department also offers a minor in physics for students with an interest in the field of physics.
By taking part in this program, a student may earn two degrees in a total of five years. One of these degrees will be a B.S. in Physics from Longwood and the other will be an B.S. in Engineering from one of our affiliated universities. We currently have agreements with Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.
Advantages of the Program
- Students will obtain two degrees in the same amount of time required for most students to obtain one degree
- Students will gain a solid foundation in physics in small classes and labs, all taught by accomplished physics professors
- The combination of a liberal arts degree and an engineering degree will help in providing great flexibility in career choices throughout life
- Students are not "locked in" to the major as would be the case in entering an engineering school directly; students may elect to change majors during their first or second year without a substantial loss of credit hours
Cooperative Academic Program
In this program established with the University of Virginia, student position themselves for graduate studies in engineering. Students in the program complete 90 credit hours (3 years of study) at Longwood University that count toward the B.S. in physics. Upon acceptance into this program, students spend the fourth year at the University of Virginia in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a visiting non-degree seeking undergraduate student. Courses taken during the fourth year at the University of Virginia transfer back to Longwood University to complete the B.S. in physics. After completion of the B.S. degree, students are eligible to apply for admission to a master's degree or Ph.D engineering program at the University of Virginia.