Department of Physics

East Hall, 2 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881

contact@phys.uri.edu401.874.2633/34 (ph); 401.874.2380 (f)

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B.S. in Physics Highlights

The B.S. in Physics at the University of Rhode Island program provides students with broad and rigorous physics education, preparing them for graduate programs and for the many career options open to professional physicists in industry and government.

  • For the first three semesters, well-prepared students have the opportunity to enroll in honors sections of physics courses in which 10-15 students can explore course materials in greater depth and with more advanced applications.
  • We hire physics majors with good grades as part-time teaching assistants in the introductory physics courses. Participating students find their own knowledge deepened and their skills much improved.
  • In the junior lab, students are taught the intricacies of planning and designing an experiment, and of collecting and analyzing data with the most modern tools.
  • The special focus on quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics in the senior year enhances the knowledge and skills of our students in critical research areas, including that of nanotechnology.
  • The two-semester research experience (senior project) of our BS program prepares students for dissertation work in graduate school as well as for research and development work in government or industrial laboratories.
  • Many of our best students choose to take one or two physics graduate courses in areas they are specially interested in or wish to focus on later in graduate school.
  • View Undergraduate Physics Curriculum Map

Do you have more questions? Take a look at our program FAQs, or contact  Professor David R. Heskett, undergraduate program director at, or 401.874.2076.


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