Like to know how things work? If it's answers you're after, join Longwood's Physics department. Our program centers on the basic principles and phenomena of the universe. Let us help you discover why matter, well, matters.

Career Path

Launch into one of these stellar jobs with a degree in physics.

  • Planetary Scientist
  • Automotive Design Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Managers
  • Research and Development Consultant 
  • NASA Laboratory Technician
  • Medical School
  • High School Physics Teachers

What You'll Study

Major

Examine the basic principles and phenomena of the universe in one of our four concentrations:  

General Physics

You'll explore every day, real-world applications of physics. This is a good choice if you're planning on going to graduate school or want a career in research, industry or teaching. 

Biophysics

From atoms to environments you'll explore life's processes. Biophysics will prepare you for a career examining life at every level.

Engineering Dual-degree

This dual degree program will prepare you for a lifelong career in math, science and engineering.

There are two paths in this program;

  1. You can get two Bachelors degrees - One from Longwood, and one from Old Dominion University or Virginia Tech.
  2. A Bachelors degree from Longwood and a Master's of Science in Engineering from the University of Virginia.

In five years you'll be prepared to solve big problems with creative solutions. Two birds, one stone.

We've built the bridge, should you choose to cross it!

Teacher Preparation

Get the problem-solving and instructional skills to teach physics to grades 6-12 in Virginia's public schools. In addition to a solid foundation in physics, you will also learn specific teaching techniques to make you a great teacher.

You'll take the courses required for a physics major, and courses in Education, Biology, Earth Sciences and Special Education.  

See our suggested timeline for completing the Teacher Preparation concentration in Physics.

A Typical Secondary Education Physics Major’s Schedule (pdf)

 

Minor

The physics minor is eight semester hours of general physic and 12 semester hours of advanced physics courses or chemistry courses.  You'll take a total of 20 credit hours. Differential and Integral Calculus I and II are required prerequisites for most of the physics minor courses. 

Courses

Physics relates to other fields of study in the natural and physical sciences. Our curriculum is designed to give you fundamental training in these areas, including Fundamentals of Chemistry, Calculus, The Unity of Life and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

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