Physics, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus

In the physics and pre-engineering program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), you will work closely with a caring and technically proficient faculty to become a strong candidate for real-world employment or for admission to graduate study at the master’s or doctoral level. We provide valuable hands-on research experience, mentored by a diverse team of specialists in the fields of Experimental (Lithium-Ion Batteries, Superconductors, Exotic Molecular Materials), Theoretical (Quantum Hall Effect, Particle Phenomenology beyond Standard Model, Neutrino Scattering), Computational (Numerical Analysis of Entangled Quantum Systems, Hadron Collider Simulation), and Astro (Observational Stellar Spectroscopy, Popular Science Writing, Methods of Astronomy Education) Physics.


All physics majors or pre-engineering students must complete the “Physics Bootcamp” course during their first semester to gain a strong foundation in the mathematics that will be required for the degrees offered. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in physics includes the hours necessary for a minor in mathematics.

Engineering/Pre-Engineering Options

While SHSU does not offer degrees in engineering, the Department of Physics and Astronomy does provide several options for engineering degrees with partnering institutions.

In the 2+2 programs, students learn the essential math and physics elements for engineering before transferring to an accredited institution to complete their specialized engineering degree.

In the Dual Degree (3+2) program, students complete the core curriculum, essential physics courses, and some of their advanced physics work before transferring to another accredited institution to complete their engineering degree. Upon completion of their degree, some of their engineering course credits are transferred back to SHSU, and the student is awarded a BS in Physics.

Careers in Physics

  • Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Industry
  • Government

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Length 120 Credit Hours
(2+2 & 3+2 programs vary)
Required Courses Bachelor of Science (BS)
BS 2+2: Civil Engineering
BS 2+2: Electrical Engineering
BS 2+2: Mechanical Engineering
Dual Degree 3+2: Engineering & Physics, BS
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15