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Bachelor's Degree in Physics

If you have an interest in a successful career in physics, engineering, mathematics, or teaching high school physics, UC’s bachelor’s in physics degree program is for you. You’ll cultivate critical-thinking skills, apply physical principles, develop skills in experimental physics, and extend your math knowledge. As you develop these cognitive skills, you’ll also explore professional and ethical responsibilities to society.


Mission and Goals

The mission of the physics degree program at UC is to provide a solid foundation for students to pursue successful careers in physics, engineering, mathematics, secondary education and other related fields. Physics majors cultivate critical-thinking skills, apply physical principles, develop skills in experimental physics and extend their mathematical prowess. As a physics major, students also learn to recognize their professional and ethical responsibilities to society.

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What Careers are available for a Physics Degree?

Physicists are problem-solvers, and this goes well beyond a capacity for solving “word problems” in a textbook. As a physics degree holder, you have the ability to pursue a variety of exciting and rewarding careers that don’t necessarily have “physics” in the job title. From education to medicine to industry, whether you get a BS in physics or BA in physics, the variety of physics degree jobs open up to you as a physics major can include:


Physicists are problem solvers. They investigate phenomena, develop theories and test through experimentation. With a degree in physics from University of the Cumberlands, you’ll have the skills you need to pursue a job as a physicist, research physicist or research scientist. Job growth in the industry is projected to grow 8 percent by 2030, with an annual average wage of $147,450.


With the right certification, you could teach high school physics, a field projected to grow 8 percent over the next several years, averaging a median salary of $61,820 a year. Or pass along what you’ve learned to an older student base and teach at a college or university level. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.


Or use your education as a springboard into the field of scientific study as a Natural Sciences Manager where the salary averages $137,900 per year.


  • Biophysics Scientist
  • Physicist
  • Research Scientist
  • Physics Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Physics Professor
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Environmental Program Manager
  • Health Sciences Manager
  • Physicist
  • Postsecondary Physics Teacher
  • Secondary School Physics Teacher (with appropriate certification)
  • Analyst

"$147,450" Median Annual Pay for Physicists1

1Physicists and Astronomers
2High School Teachers
3Postsecondary Teachers
4Natural Sciences Managers

If you would like more information about careers in physics, here are some helpful sites:

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Degree Requirements for a Physics Degree

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Physics 

36 semester hours in physics:         
Core (17 hours)   

Theory (minimum 12 hours)   

Experiment (7 hours)     

18 semester hours of support courses:

Mathematics (15 hours)     

  Programming (3 hours)     

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

Completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree plus a world language through the intermediate level.

Minor in Physics 

The physics minor is for students to complement their major field of study. Students in mathematics and chemistry will find that physics will strengthen and broaden their understanding of these disciplines. 
22 semester hours in physics: 
Core (16 hours)   

Elective (minimum 6 hours)     

12 semester hours in mathematics:   
    Mathematics (12 hours)   

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More Information on Physics Degree


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information. 


We’re in your corner – we want you to succeed.  Each physics college course is taught by faculty committed to giving you the solid foundation  necessary to achieve your professional and personal goals. Our department provides access to high-quality equipment for problem-solving, computation, and data acquisition, a mathematics tutoring laboratory, and physics laboratories equipped to help students learn at both an introductory and advanced level.  As a physics undergraduate, you’ll perform experiments ranging from the traditional “inclined plane” to sophisticated computer data acquisition systems.

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