Physics B.S. degrees and minors
B.S. in Physics
The B.S. in Physics program provides a foundation in basic science. Studying physics provides all students with an understanding of basic scientific concepts as well as the development of problem-solving skills that can be applied to problems in the sciences and beyond. Physics majors also take advanced electives in specialized topics in the field, including computational techniques, nuclear physics, theory of relativity and more, based on your areas of interest.
B.S. in Atmospheric Science
This degree prepares students for careers in industry, and state and federal government agencies, as well as for graduate education. Faculty members are from the Physics Department and the Graduate Atmospheric Sciences program. Students find local internship opportunities at the Reno National Weather Service office, the University, the Desert Research Institute, and at local companies, in addition to universities in the nation. As a mountain valley, Reno has very interesting meteorology that provides for learning opportunities in weather forecasting. Lecture courses are complemented by laboratory experiences in atmospheric measurements using weather and remote sensing instruments.
Minor in Physics
A minor in physics introduces students in related majors to the fundamental scientific concepts underlying fields such as engineering, chemistry or astronomy. In addition to gaining a thorough introduction to physics, a physics minor is a great way to hone your problem-solving skills and gain experience in the scientific method.
Minor in Astronomy
The astronomy minor is designed to attract students not only from the sciences, but also such diverse majors as anthropology, journalism and education. Most departments have a range of research projects that would benefit from these studies. A senior thesis project - in which students complete an astronomical research project of their choosing - caps off the minor.
Minor in Atmospheric Science
The undergraduate Atmospheric Science minor complements degrees that involve weather and climate. It is also for students who are just passionate about weather. Faculty members are from the Physics Department and the Graduate Atmospheric Sciences program. Students have the flexibility to choose courses from a variety of offerings.