Online Bachelor of Science in Physics

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in physics offers a rigorous science-oriented course of study over a broad range of physical phenomena. This program requires a firm grasp of mathematics and is ideal for those interested in teaching science at the secondary level, looking to do research or advancing to PhD level.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 05/16/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 43

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Why study physics at ASU Online?

ASU is the first university to offer an online bachelor’s in physics with advanced laboratory coursework, which is vital for developing experimental skills. Our upper-division laboratory courses are designed to offer the same challenges that in-person students confront. You’ll have the opportunity to work with electronic kits at home and interact with simulated experiments online, handling equipment alignment protocols and noisy data.

Additionally, earning a physics degree online is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition and gain employment in a sought-after field. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, most entry-level physicist jobs require a bachelor’s degree in physics and, as of 2020, make a median salary of $128,950 per year, which is much higher than the median salary for all workers.

What will I learn in this bachelor’s in physics program?

 

In this program, you’ll learn about the fundamental concepts of matter and its various states, as well as the various forms that energy can take, which are foundational to most branches of sciences. Other skills you’ll gain in this program include:

  • Experimental analysis.
  • Mathematics.
  • Problem solving.
  • Quantitative reasoning.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research projects.

What can I do with an online bachelor’s in physics?

 

The bachelor’s in physics provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in positions ranging from materials scientist and quantitative analyst to process support engineer and research analyst. 

Additionally, this bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:

Online bachelor’s in physics program courses

To graduate from this program, you must complete 20 core math and physics courses and 12 electives. Courses include:


PHY 334: Advanced Laboratory I (L)


PHY 465: Advanced Laboratory II


PHY 333: Electronic Circuits and Measurements


PHY 302: Mathematical Methods in Physics II


PHY 310: Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter I


PHY 311: Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter II


PHY 314: Quantum Physics I


PHY 315: Quantum Physics II


What jobs can I get after earning a physics degree online?

Upon graduating from this undergraduate program, you’ll be prepared to enroll in a graduate program or succeed in a wide range of science-related careers. Please note: Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or research-based careers. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Astronomer


Growth: 4.6 %
Salary: $128,330

Engineering Manager


Growth: 4.1 %
Salary: $159,920

Nuclear Engineer


Growth: 1.1 %
Salary: $122,480

Physicist


Growth: 4.7 %
Salary: $142,850

Physics Professor


Growth: 3.8 %
Salary: $86,550

Radiologist


Growth: 3.6 %
Salary: $0

Scientist/Biochemist


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $103,810

Technical Writer


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $79,960

Cutting-edge researchers and educators

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Cutting-edge researchers and educators

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Online bachelor’s in physics admission requirements

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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