Physics, B.S.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

As a physics student, you will learn the skills needed to solve practical, real-world problems and understand how basic natural phenomena occur. You’ll study in labs with high-tech equipment, work with our highly regarded physicists, and have the opportunity to conduct research in our own labs or, during summer breaks, at other institutions throughout the United States. The Bachelor of Science degree program in physics is designed for students planning graduate work toward a Ph.D. degree in physics or astronomy, and requires enrollment in more advanced physics courses than in the Bachelor of Arts degree program.

Physics, B.S.

Where You'll Go

There are many career paths in physics, including chemists, material scientists, chemical technicians, biochemists, and researchers. Brooklyn College alumni with a degree in physics also go on to become teachers, research assistants, software developers, and much more.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (69 Credits)

To enroll in advanced physics courses, students must earn a grade of C or higher in the physics and mathematics prerequisites of the courses, unless they are excused from this requirement by the chair. A student who receives a grade of C- or lower in a required physics or mathematics course must consult the chair before registering for another physics course. The student is usually advised to repeat the course.

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Additional Requirements for a B.S. Degree

Candidates for a B.S. degree with a major in physics must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics, 24 of which must be completed in advanced courses in the Physics Department. These 24 credits must be completed at Brooklyn College with a grade of C or higher in each course.

The following courses may be applied toward the 60 credits in science and mathematics:

  • All courses in the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer and Information Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
  • Courses marked with a number sign (#) in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences.
  • Other courses:

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Understand the basic physics of the course content.
  • Will find consistency of content, level, and grading in multisession courses.
  • Can analyze physical problems and generating solutions.
  • Can present scientific facts, calculations, and experimental results in written and oral form.
  • Can conduct, analyze, and interpret experimental measurements.
  • Can effectively use lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and microscopes.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the physics B.S. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Boeing
  • Circle Bank
  • Clark University
  • Data for Good
  • Edeson Environmental
  • IBM
  • MetroPlus Health Plan
  • National Diagnostic Services
  • New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • Princeton University
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • WomenTech Network

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