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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.
Dual Degree Program
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 or a M.S. in Applied Science (depending on the transfer Institution) from one of our affiliated universities. We currently have agreements with Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, and the University of Tennessee.
Advantages of the Program
- Students will obtain two degrees in the same amount of time required for most students to obtain one degree; one of these may possibly be a Master's 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