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About the Physics Program

Physics is a basic science, underpinning all the other sciences. With an emphasis on the principles of how things work, analytical problem-solving skills and critical thinking, physics provides a broad base for many careers. There will always be a need for people trained in physics as long as we have a technological society. In the next decade, more than half of the nation’s high school physics teachers will have retired and there will be a shortage of physics teachers. Many industries are experiencing difficulty finding enough technically trained people. The physics program can help meet that demand with graduates who can represent Christ as they apply physics in the schools and industries of our nation.

Why should you choose SAU’s physics program?

The physics program within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science provides courses for the physics/mathematics major, the physics minor and the dual-degree (3-2) engineering program. For students pursuing the dual-degree engineering program, a Bachelor of Arts degree with the physics-mathematics major is awarded by Spring Arbor University following successful completion of the appropriate Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an engineering university.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 36-hour physics-mathematics major include such subject areas as modern university physics, electromagnetism, intermediate mechanics, applied calculus, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling. There is also a 20-hour minor available.

View the course requirements, layout, course descriptions and a sample four-year plan, and learn more about the physics program at Spring Arbor University, all in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

The physics-mathematics major is a possible preparation for careers in business, industry, or graduate school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, law and engineering. (Additional chemistry and biology courses will be needed where appropriate.) The American Institute of Physics posts information on careers in physics at

The physics minor provides preparation for secondary school teaching, and broadens the majors in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology and business administration.