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

BS 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, analyze data and solve complex problems. These skills form a solid foundation for a variety of paths into higher education and are in high demand across a wide range of lucrative careers.


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Where This Degree Will Take You

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

  • Further education in a variety of Master's and Ph.D. programs, such as physics, mathematics, physical chemistry, astrophysics, biophysics, neuroscience, computational and data science, and many engineering specializations. 
  • Further education in Medical School (In fact, physics is one of the top three majors with the highest success rate for entrance into medical school!)
  • Careers in technical fields like physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, and national defense. 
  • Careers in computational fields like software engineering, data analytics, computational science, and data visualization. 
  • Careers in the business and financial sector, such as quantitative economics, business analytics, technical consulting, and other entrepreneurial activities. 
  • Careers in educational fields such as K-12 educators instructors, community college and university professors, and researchers. 

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


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Taylor Lee Patti
While a student, Physics, Math and Spanish triple major Taylor Lee Patti published her research in two peer-reviewed journals, including one with National Medal of Science winner Dr. Yakir Aharonov. She’s currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Quantum Optical and Condensed Matter Physics at Harvard University.

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 for first-hand research on individualized projects with faculty, many of whom have active research programs in internationally recognized research institutes and centers at Chapman, including:

Many research teams involve undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and even visiting professors, creating a vibrant, collaborative and supportive environment. In addition, we encourage other opportunities for real-world experiences, such as internships with industry partners, summer research at Chapman or collaborative institutions, 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 as well as graduate students. This includes advising and mentoring throughout your time at Chapman, as well as partnering with you on gaining substantial research experience. 

Many projects benefit from close collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Studies and utilize the innovative facilities and equipment in the Keck Center of Science and Engineering and the Advanced Physics Laboratory. With Chapman’s recent R2 Carnegie Classification, research opportunities will continue to expand.

The full-time Physics 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 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. 

Dara Hok
Dara Hok collaborated on advanced scientific research at Chapman and became an active part of the American Chemical Society and Schmid Student Leadership Council He's currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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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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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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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Related Programs

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

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Mathematics

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Data Analytics

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Science Minors

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
dacier@chapman.edu
(714) 744-7644


Admission Questions
admit@chapman.edu 
(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.