• Physics students at Chapman University
Schmid College of Science and Technology

B.S. in Physics

» Physics

Our Physics program provides a tailored and modern educational experience for those curious to study the universe and how it works. You’ll study the building blocks of nature and reality—from atoms and molecules all the way to galaxies—with ample opportunities for significant research experience along the way.

Graduates will be able to use mathematics and fundamental principles to understand the world around us, organize information and solve complex problems.

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Program Overview

You will have a variety of options to tailor this program to your interests and goals. Exposure to several specializations will help you both discover your interests and tackle major scientific and technological challenges. Some examples of topics to pursue include:

  • Biophysics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantum Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

To learn more, you can view degree requirements and electives in our course catalog. You can also learn more by sitting in on a class. Use our contact information on this page to let us know when you’re free to visit campus. We’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you’ll have extensive research experience and a strong foundation in physics. These assets make graduates well prepared for:

  • Careers in computational science, economics, business analytics, armed forces, defense solutions and many more areas
  • Careers as K-12 educators and professors
  • Further exploration in master’s and Ph.D. programs

Our career advisor will help you explore these options. For more information on career options and outcomes, visit the Physics Career Page.

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Accelerated (4 + 1) Graduate Programs

Through an Accelerated (4+1) graduate program, you can earn an undergraduate and master’s degree with just one additional year of coursework beyond the traditional four years.

Many of these programs could be an ideal next step for a Physics student with related academic or professional interests:

Research Opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the Physics program. Every student spends their first two years conducting research as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative project team. Physics students also have opportunities to study within an institute or research center, including:

In addition, we offer opportunities to get first-hand research through faculty-directed projects, an internship with an industry partner and/or a global education experience.

Funding is available to assist students with costs associated with their research.

Program Faculty

Our faculty have diverse specializations and research interests, and they’re passionate about working with undergraduate students. This includes advising and mentoring throughout your time at Chapman, as well as partnering with you on gaining substantial research experience.

These faculty, along with their areas of specialization, are listed below. Feel free to reach out to any of them with questions or to learn more about student research opportunities.

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Faculty List, Expertise and Contact Information

Faculty-led Research Experience

Our faculty are eager to have undergraduate students join their research projects. Many projects utilize the innovative facilities and equipment in the Keck Center of Science and Engineering. With Chapman’s recent R2 Carnegie Classification, research opportunities will continue to expand.

A partial list of current Chapman faculty-led projects is given below. Click on the faculty members’ name to learn more about them and access their contact information. They are happy to answer questions and discuss opportunities to join their projects.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Justin Dressel

Dr. Dressel explores the foundations of quantum mechanics and empowers students to engage in cutting-edge research. Watch our video to learn more.

Industry Internship Opportunities

Internships are a great way to earn credit and money while gaining research experience in a professional environment. You will have several industries to choose from, as Chapman has relationships with tech companies, the aerospace industry, prestigious research universities and more. 

Our Schmid College career advisor will help you in your internship search. We also have ongoing relationships with many local organizations, which have been strengthened by their great experiences working with Chapman students. 

Global Education Opportunities

Studying and researching abroad can be a valuable part of your undergraduate experience. Studying abroad will likely not delay graduation and you may be eligible for a tuition waiver and/or funding awards.

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Global Education Opportunities for STEM Students

Summer International Internships are a popular option for Physics majors. You will spend eight weeks abroad in an internship where you’ll gain additional research experience and earn academic credit.

There are several other available options listed below. If you are interested in studying abroad, we are happy to work with you to find the best option:

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build communities and develop skillsets. Chapman has more than 230 options. You can view Schmid’s College clubs here.

Below are options we think are especially relevant for Physics majors:

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Clubs for Physics Majors

These clubs are popular among Physics majors:

  • Physics Club: This organization helps students explore their interests and make an impact in professional STEM fields, nurturing a sense of exploration and scientific inquiry.
  • Schmid Student Leadership Council (SSLC): Students in this group serve as leaders and ambassadors for Schmid College of Science and Technology.
  • STEMtors: This group leads STEM-focused youth outreach events in our local community to spur curiosity and passion within young scientists from diverse backgrounds.
  • Women in Science and Technology (WIST): This academic club is geared toward empowering women interested in STEM careers by providing support in professional development and much more.

Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the University’s Admission website. Specific transfer recommendations are available below. While you consider Chapman, we hope you will also have time to visit for a:

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Transfer Requirements

You can view the Physics recommended prerequisites for transfer students on our Admission website.

Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in physics are also curious about:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions
Dana Dacier
Administrative Assistant
Keck Center 350
(714) 744-7644

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Initiative

STEM students at Chapman

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Schmid College.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Schmid College and where you will take classes, research and collaborate.