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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
Current Students

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Our Undergraduate Mission

The mission of the Department of Physics undergraduate program is to provide students with qualitative and quantitative reasoning skills that broadly prepare students for careers in science and other fields.

Bachelor Degrees

The Department of Physics offers the following bachelor degrees:

    In Physics (College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Bachelorís of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelorís of Science (BS)
  • The BS program requires more science and mathematics courses and prepares students for a job or continued studies in physics or a related scientific, engineering or technological field. The BA degree allows more flexibility in choosing elective courses and requires a minor in another department.

    In Engineering Physics (College of Engineering)
  • Bachelorís of Science (BS) in engineering physics with an emphasis in
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

    NMSU has New Mexico's only Engineering Physics program and this program is accredited by ABET!

At New Mexico State University you will have great opportunities to follow your interests besides physics. From pursuing a second major in another discipline to just taking courses for fun, you have ample choices here on campus!

Minor Degree

Students in any field can benefit from earning a minor in physics. In our increasingly technological world science literacy will widen widen your options in future employment as well as in graduate school.

A minor in physics consists of 18 credits of physics courses, including 9 upper division credits. Many of these courses are already required of engineering and chemistry majors.

Course options for a minor or designated minor degree


As a physicist you can acquire knowledge and skills that will enable you to compete for high-tech jobs or do cutting-edge research in some of the fastest expanding scientific areas. Examples are: astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computational physics, material science, nuclear physics, and engineering physics.