What is physics?

The study of the physical world, including matter, space, and time, is known as physics.

What should I look for in an online physics school?

The best online physics schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online physics schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network

In choosing the best online physics school for you, you should consider the following factors:

  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online physics programs are available?

The following levels of physics degree online programs are available:

  • Online Physics Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Physics
  • Online Bachelor in Physics
  • Online Masters in Physics
  • Online PhD in Physics

How long does it take to get an online physics degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online physics degree depends on the level of physics degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Physics Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Physics Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Physics Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Physics Masters - 2 years
  • Online Physics PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online physics courses?

The coursework for an online physics degree is based heavily in science and mathematics. Students with strong skills in these areas will benefit the most. Curriculum may include:

  • Electricity and Magnetism

    Everything in the universe is essentially composed of electrical energy. In physics having a clear understanding of the nature of electricity and magnetism is essential.

  • Sound, Waves, and Light

    Students will gain an understanding of the principles governing these three phenomena.

  • Kinetics

    This course gives students a foundation and understanding of the complex physical laws that govern motion.

  • Mechanical Engineering

    Students in this hands-on course will examine the application of physical science to the design and function of mechanical systems.

  • Calculus

    For physicists, calculus is an invaluable mathematical tool and in this course is it thoroughly dissected.

What areas of physics specialization are available?

Physics is a very broad field of scientific endeavor and offers more unique opportunities for degree specialization than many other fields of study. Some of these include:

  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Astrophysics
  • Geophysics

What can I do with a physics degree?

What makes a physics degree so special is that it allows a graduate to find an excellent career in a very wide range of scientific professions. Possible occupations include:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Acoustic Technician
  • Astronomer

What is a physicist?

Physicists carry out scientific study of some aspect of the physical world.

What does a physicist do?

Depending on their field, physicists' exact activities vary, but all will spend some time conducting experiments or observing phenomena of interest and analyzing data they collect. Additionally, many physicists are educators in some capacity and may balance their time between research and teaching.

How much does a physicist earn?

The average annual salary of a physicist is $111,250. Predicted job growth in the field of astronomy is higher than average. While research positions are competitive on account of limited funding, physicists should be easily able to find employment related to their field.

How do I become a physicist?

The path of how to become a physicist is no easy one. Students require not only a strong background in physics and all the major branches of mathematics, but also a high grade point average for admission into graduate school. A post-graduate degree is usually necessary in order to find employment as a scholarly or professional physicist.

Physics Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
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Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
X X X
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
http://www.ucf.edu/
X X X
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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The University of Texas at Austin
2608 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX, 78712
http://www.utexas.edu
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University of Florida
355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611
http://www.ufl.edu/
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Texas A & M University
112 M T Harrington Ctr
College Station, TX, 77843
http://www.tamu.edu
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Michigan State University
100 Library
East Lansing, MI, 48824
http://www.msu.edu
X X X
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.washington.edu
X X X
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
State College, PA, 16802
http://www.psu.edu/
X X X
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL, 61820
http://www.illinois.edu/
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New York University
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY, 10012
http://www.nyu.edu
X X X
Indiana University-Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN, 47405
http://www.iub.edu
X X X
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
X X X
University of Wisconsin-Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI, 53706
http://www.wisc.edu
X X X
Purdue University-Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN, 47907
http://www.purdue.edu
X X X
Austin Community College District
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX, 78752
http://www.austincc.edu
X
University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL, 33620
http://www.usf.edu
X X X
Florida State University
211 Westcott Bldg
Tallahassee, FL, 32306
http://www.fsu.edu
X X X
Florida International University
11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, FL, 33199
http://www.fiu.edu
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University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ, 85721
http://www.arizona.edu
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University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
http://www.rutgers.edu/
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University of Maryland-College Park
1101 Main Administration BL
College Park, MD, 20742
http://www.umd.edu
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University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX, 77204
http://www.uh.edu
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Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
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California State University-Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA, 92831
http://www.fullerton.edu
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University of California-Berkeley
Gayley Rd & Stadium Rim Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720
http://www.berkeley.edu
X X X
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA, 90840
http://www.csulb.edu
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California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Los Angeles, CA, 91330
http://www.csun.edu
X X
University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX, 76203
http://www.unt.edu
X X X
Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT, 84123
http://www.slcc.edu
X
University of Georgia
125 Cedar St.
Athens, GA, 30602
http://www.uga.edu
X X X
University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
X X X
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Cir
Albany, NY, 12203
http://www.excelsior.edu
X
Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
X X
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27695
http://www.ncsu.edu
X X X
University of Colorado at Boulder
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO, 80309
http://www.colorado.edu
X X X
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
http://www.sdsu.edu
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Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA, 23284
http://www.vcu.edu/
X X X
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA, 22030
http://www.gmu.edu
X X
Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
X X X
San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA, 95192
http://www.sjsu.edu
X X
University of California-Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616
http://www.ucdavis.edu
X X X
University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO, 65211
http://www.missouri.edu/
X X X
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45221
http://www.uc.edu
X X X
Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92706
http://www.sac.edu
X
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2265 Kraft Dr
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
http://WWW.VT.EDU
X X X
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX, 78666
http://www.txstate.edu
X X
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94132
http://www.sfsu.edu
X X
Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA, 30303
http://www.gsu.edu
X X X
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
http://www.uwm.edu
X X X
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
http://www.iupui.edu
X X
Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX, 79409
http://www.ttu.edu
X X X
The University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37996
http://www.tennessee.edu
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University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
http://www.utah.edu
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University of Kansas
Jayhawk Dr
Lawrence, KS, 66045
http://www.ku.edu
X X X
California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95819
http://www.csus.edu
X
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV, 89154
http://www.unlv.edu
X X X
University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
X X X X
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78249
http://www.utsa.edu/
X X X
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
http://www.unc.edu
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Colorado State University
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO, 80523
http://www.colostate.edu
X X X
West Virginia University
Stewart Hall University Avenue
Morgantown, WV, 26506
http://www.wvu.edu/
X X X
University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
X X X
Utah Valley University
800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT, 84058
http://www.uvu.edu
X
The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487
http://www.ua.edu/
X X X
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Tower Dr
Baton Rouge, LA, 70803
http://www.lsu.edu
X X X
University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
X X X
University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
San Diego, CA, 92093
http://www.ucsd.edu
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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
X X X
The University of Texas at Arlington
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX, 76013
http://WWW.UTA.EDU
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Iowa State University
137 Lynn Ave
Ames, IA, 50011
http://www.iastate.edu
X X X
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR, 97201
http://www.pdx.edu
X X
East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville, NC, 27858
http://www.ecu.edu
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Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA, 2138
http://www.harvard.edu/
X X X
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
http://www.fau.edu/
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
X X X
Central Michigan University
1200 S Franklin St # 121
Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859
http://www.cmich.edu
X X
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.unm.edu
X X X
El Camino Community College District
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA, 90506
http://www.elcamino.edu
X
University of California-Irvine
204 Administration
Irvine, CA, 92697
http://www.uci.edu/
X X X
University of Massachusetts Amherst
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst Center, MA, 1003
http://www.umass.edu
X X X
San Jacinto Community College
8060 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, TX, 77501
http://www.sjcd.edu
X
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL, 60607
http://www.uic.edu/index.html/
X X X
South Texas College
3201 W Pecan
McAllen, TX, 78502
http://www.southtexascollege.edu
X
University of Kentucky
175 Funkhouser Dr
Lexington, KY, 40506
http://www.uky.edu
X X X
Washington State University
French Administration Building
Pullman, WA, 99164
http://www.wsu.edu/
X X X
University of Akron Main Campus
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH, 44325
http://www.uakron.edu
X X
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK, 73019
http://www.ou.edu
X X X
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/
X
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN, 37132
http://www.mtsu.edu
X
Kent State University Kent Campus
Campus Center Dr
Kent, OH, 44242
http://www.kent.edu
X X X
DePaul University
55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL, 60604
http://www.depaul.edu
X X
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
http://www.gwu.edu
X X X
University of Connecticut
115 N Eagleville RD
Storrs, CT, 6269
http://www.uconn.edu
X X X
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28223
http://www.uncc.edu
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Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Rd
Stony Brook, NY, 11794
http://www.stonybrook.edu
X X X
Auburn University Main Campus
Auburn Alabama
Auburn, AL, 36849
http://www.auburn.edu
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