Physicists explore and determine the basic principles and fundamental laws that control the energy, motion, structure, and interactions of matter. These fundamental laws govern everything in the universe from the largest galaxy to the smallest subatomic particle. Physicists study these laws through theory and experiment and apply new-found knowledge to design new technologies. Physics is a research science though this research can be fundamental or applied.
Penn State Behrend offers two options leading to the B.S. degree in Physics: General Physics and Computational Physics. Both options involve rigorous theoretical and hands-on laboratory work. All majors engage in undergraduate research directed by a research faculty member.
Unique introductory physics classes take place in a studio style lab where faculty mainly assist students who work in small groups on computer interfaced experiments and theoretical exercises. Upper level students can engage in research with faculty who are internationally known experts in their field.