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Undergraduate Students


The University of Michigan has one of the country's premier programs for the training of undergraduate students in physics. The Physics Department has abundant facilities for instruction in physics and offers a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research programs.

Undergraduates interested in physics have several degree choices:

  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Interdisciplinary Physics (A.B. or B.S.)
  • Honors Physics Program
  • Teacher Certification in Physics
  • Physics Minor

Undergraduate students participate in cutting-edge research at the University. UM has a very broad base of research including the natural sciences, social sciences, medicine, and engineering. These resources afford undergraduates a wide opportunity to do research in many physics-related areas, take cognate courses in a variety of departments, and interact with a diverse student population.

The analytical and quantitative thinking skills you will develop as you work toward your degree will be of great value in many different careers. Physics majors go on to:

  • graduate work in physics or another field
  • employment in industry, software development, or associated field
  • professional school in medicine, business, law, or associated area.

Completing an undergraduate degree in physics will give you a rich understanding of how the world works. It will also prepare you either for continued study in graduate or professional school, or for careers in industry, education, medicine, and finance.