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Program Overview

A physics education at Furman will change the way you see the world. You won’t just memorize facts and ace tests. You’ll learn how to think and solve complex problems.

By working one-on-one with our faculty and conducting laboratory research that most 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. As a result, you’ll leave the program with a strong foundation in math and physics, both of which are in high demand in the job market.

We know our approach works, too. Our department graduates an impressive number of physicists each year, often more than much larger institutions.

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Career Opportunities

From engineering to medicine, a physics degree can set you up for a wide range of careers.

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Our Degrees

Course Sequence for Physics Majors

At most schools, you have to commit to a curriculum as a freshman even if you’re not sure what you want to do. At Furman, you have options. If you’re not ready to commit to a major in physics as a freshman, you can choose a different path. Take a few courses in physics and other disciplines, and find out what really appeals to you.

When you determine physics is the right fit, you can begin our program as a sophomore—and still be on schedule to graduate in four years. That’s the benefit of studying at a liberal arts school. Choose from one of three course sequences.

Freshmen Entry


  Freshman   PHY-111, MTH-150   PHY-112, MTH-151
  Sophomore   PHY-241, MTH-160   PHY-331
  Junior   PHY-311, PHY-321   PHY-312, PHY-322
  Senior   PHY-441, Elective 1   Elective 2

Sophomore Entry


  Freshman   MTH-150   PHY-111, MTH-151
  Sophomore   PHY-112, MTH-160   PHY-241
  Junior   PHY-311, PHY-321   PHY-312, PHY-322
  Senior   PHY-441   PHY-331, Elective 2

Junior Entry


  Sophomore   PHY-111, MTH-150   PHY-112, MTH-151
  Junior   PHY-311, PHY-321   PHY-331
  Senior   PHY-411, Elective 1   PHY-312, 322, Elective 1