If you plan to study physics in college, we recommend you take 4 years of math in high school: one year each of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. If possible, taking a high school calculus course and/or physics course is beneficial. Communication skills, both oral and written, are essential in any field and especially in the sciences, where you are required to explain phenomena clearly.
All of the physics degrees offered at Shippensburg University require you to complete courses in the Physics Core (55 credits). If you are interested in earning a Bachelor of Science from the Physics Department, we offer two tracks: Advanced Physics (29 credits) and Computational Physics (31 credits), and a certificate in nanofabrication to complement the general Bachelor of Science in Physics (20 credits).
The Applied Physics program (98 credits) results in a dual Physics-Engineering degree, and it is controlled by 3+2 agreements between Shippensburg's Physics Department and several engineering schools.
The Bachelor of Science in Education program (135 credits) leads to teaching certification in Physics at the secondary level. A certification in General Science can be obtained by taking three additional credits in Computer Science and six in Biology.
Shippensburg University offers a minor in physics, which includes 41 credits of math and physics courses. Mathematics, computer science, and chemistry majors will find the physics minor especially helpful. More and more employers in these fields seek out applicants with a physics background.