Undergraduate Programs

The CSU Physics Department offers a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in physics. Please contact the undergraduate director, Dr. Borisov (or any of our other faculty) for advise which program is the most suitable for you.

Bachelor of Science

The BS prepares students for graduate programs in Science and Engineering and for a career in technical professions. Many of our students have continued at prestigious research institutions across the country. We also offer our BS for honors and scholars students. Make sure to check the degree map for a sensible order of courses, as not every course is being taught every year.

BS Requirements (Honors BS, Scholars BS)

BS Degree Map

Bachelor of ARTS

A Bachelor of Arts in Physics does not require all the courses that our BS students take, but still gives an in-depth look into the world of Physics. Because of the significant amount of science electives, it is not uncommon to combine a BA in physics with a degree in chemistry and/or biology. You can find the requirements here, and the degree map here.


A minor in physics is intended for students majoring in engineering, chemistry or biology, and makes for an impressive addition to their resume. The requirements are as follows:

  • University Physics I (PHY 241/243)
  • University Physics II (PHY 242/244)
  • 9 PHY credit hours at the 300/400 level

See the course catalog for more information on the possible upper level electives.