Program Overview

Bachelor of Science
Department Chair Name
David Moffett
Belinda Hilliard

What is a physics degree?

You want to understand the meaning of it all – from studying the laws of motion to unraveling the theories of space and time. A degree in physics is the scholarly pursuit of the branch of science dealing with the nature and properties of matter and energy – from the elemental atom to mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. Decode the mysteries of the universe with a degree in physics.

Why study physics at Furman?

Emphasizing instruction in an increasingly vital field, the Department of Physics provides an array of courses and undergraduate research opportunities in cutting-edge facilities. The outcome is an impressive graduation rate rivaling many of the largest U.S. institutions for producing physicists. With a physics degree from Furman, you’ll be primed for positions in engineering, medicine, law, electrical contracting and academics. Not sure if physics is for you? Take a few courses in physics and other disciplines, and find out what really inspires you. If you realize physics is the right path, you can begin our program as a sophomore and still remain on track to  graduate in four years. That’s just one benefit of taking the sciences at a liberal arts and sciences institution like Furman. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

On top of hands-on classroom, lab work and undergraduate research, supplement your experience with internships and study away opportunities, which include semester and summer programs and three-week May Experience excursions to places near and far.

How will you learn?

By working one-on-one with our faculty and conducting laboratory research that many students don’t experience until graduate school, you’ll understand the most important concepts in physics, such as the nature of subatomic particles and the evolution of the universe. You’ll be able to analyze and explain complex systems through your quantitative and problem-solving skills, and you’ll come away from the program with a strong foundation in math and physics, both highly prized by employers.

Our physics programs offer students an environment that fosters intellectual and personal growth. Rich curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular experiences help you on your way to self-discovery and realizing your potential. Our first-principle approach to analysis and critical thinking builds your capacity to break down difficult problems into manageable components, then bring the pieces together to formulate a solution. It’s a process that fosters creativity, imbues a visionary mindset and develops leadership.

As you delve into everything from theoretical abstraction to real-world experimentation, you’ll  also sharpen your ability to communicate through presentations, lively discussions and scholarly activities. You’ll unpack STEM languages, work as a team, and apply your inner polymath in downstream careers as a data scientist, information technology guru, or a laboratory and engineering systems specialist.

Featured physics courses

  • 83%
    physics majors involved in at least one engaged learning experience
  • 58%
    physics majors who have research experience by graduation
  • 50%
    physics majors who are double majors
  • 50%
    physics majors who participate in at least one internship

What our students say

“I can honestly credit the Furman Department of Physics with the path I've taken so far in my career. The faculty instilled in me a passion for science, technology and difficult problems that take time to solve. More importantly, they fostered a collaborative community where I was comfortable to ask questions and grow both personally and intellectually.”
– Patrick Musau ’17, B.S., physics and computing applied math; ’20, M.S., electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University; ’22, Ph.D., electrical engineering, cyber-physical systems, machine learning verification, Vanderbilt University

Our faculty

William Baker

Professor of Physics

William Brantley

Professor of Physics

Courtney Kucera

Physics Laboratory Program Manager

David Moffett

Department Chair and Professor of Physics; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

Dake Wang

Professor of Physics
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Physics Major F.A.Q.