Bachelor of Science in Physics


Program Description

Think about the world in a new way

And prepare to change it.

Our physics students are challenged by a mix of classical physics and ground-breaking new methods. Add to that a 3-2 cooperative agreement with Columbia University's engineering program, and you really can have it all at Susquehanna.

Classical physics courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and electronics—with select classes in quantum area-give you the foundational knowledge to continue your education, step into a career or teach the next generation of Einsteins. You won't find this a range of specialties and options at other schools that are as personal as Susquehanna.

Cutting-edge teaching techniques center on learning and applying your new-found knowledge with real-life, fun, applications. You'll crack eggs and smash Lego castles as part of your education. It's problem-solving in real time.

Real World Experience

Do you want to present at national and international conferences? No problem.

Interested in research opportunities with NASA, CERN, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Lunar and Planetary Lab in Arizona or the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid? We'll help you get there.

An emphasis on independent thinking means you'll develop your own ideas for research and work with faculty members to build your skills and confidence. Our students do research in physics, math and computer science.

Our graduates then go on to earn advanced degrees, become government analysts, or work in labs, computing or teaching.


Requirements for the Major in Physics. Susquehanna offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in physics. The department strongly recommends the Bachelor of Science program for students interested in graduate school or industrial employment. Majors can pursue an interdisciplinary interest, such as biophysics, by carefully choosing electives. The Bachelor of Arts is a good choice for students preparing to teach secondary school.

Double-counting restrictions: students majoring in Physics cannot double-count courses toward a Chemical Physics major.

Application for Admissions Checklist

  1. Completed online application for admissions (There is no application fee). Susquehanna International Application or Common Application or Coalition Application

  2. Counselors submit School Report Forms to us if you supplied an email address through your online application. Or ask an administrator of your high school to send a School Report Form directly to the Office of Admission. If you do not send a School Report Form, you will be required to send official or attested academic transcripts from all secondary schools, post-secondary schools and universities.

  3. If English is not your first language: TOEFL—80 (internet based) or IELTS (minimum 6.0) or Cambridge English (minimum 170) or PTE Academic (minimum 53); ACT (minimum 19 in English ) and/or SAT (minimum 450 in Critical Reading) scores accepted in lieu of TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge/PTE; English Language Learners program and conditional admission are available.

  4. SAT and ACT scores are optional, but may improve your chances for a merit scholarship.

  5. Two recommendation letters. It is strongly suggested to have one from your school counselor. The other can come from a teacher or professor.

  6. Passport copy of your name and photo page.

  7. Completed Certification of Finances form.

English Requirements

If English is not your native language, you will be required to show proof of English proficiency. This can be accomplished by sending an official score report from one of the following exams.


  • Internet-based minimum score: 80
  • Computer-based minimum score: 213
  • Paper-based minimum score: 550

The official copy must be sent directly from the testing service. Our school code is 2820.


Minimum score: 6.0 overall band

Cambridge English

Minimum score: 170


If you are a first-year undergraduate freshman applicant, your English requirement can be satisfied by achieving at least a 450 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT exam.


If you are a first-year undergraduate freshman applicant, your English requirement can be satisfied by achieving at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT exam.


If you have attended an IB (International Baccalaureate) high school program or an American High School abroad, you do not have to prove English proficiency. You may also be exempt if your high school is fully-instructed in English. Please contact your admission counselor for details.

Recent graduates are employed at:

AT&T's Holmdel Laboratory
The FBI Forensic Laboratory
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Susquehanna Valley Cancer Treatment Center
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Government
Numerous high schools as teachers

Recent graduates have continued studies at:

Princeton University
MIT-Woods Hole
University of California at Berkeley
Drexel University
Lehigh University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan

Last updated Oct 2018

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