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Physics BA Careers

As a Physics major, you’ll gain important skills such as the ability to think critically and address unforeseen problems. You’ll hone your mechanical aptitude and grow your capacity to learn new technologies quickly. You will graduate equipped with analytical, applied and advanced mathematical skills as well as experience in computer programming, modeling and simulation.

The Physics curriculum is taught jointly by the faculties of MSU Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver. MSU Denver students will receive instruction from the faculty of both institutions.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Perhaps you want to teach Physics to high school students or work in technology. Do you want to combine Physics with a second major in another discipline such as mathematics or engineering? MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics is a great choice to accomplish these goals!


Internship opportunities

Internships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and with its High-Altitude Observatory may be available to you as an MSU Denver Physics major. Membership in the Society of Physics Students will give you the opportunity to present your scholarly work in professional meetings and journals.


Teach the next generation of scientists

MSU Denver’s Physics program meets the standards for Colorado licensure for Secondary Science Education, with a core curriculum that adds a firm foundation in biology, chemistry, earth-space science, environmental science and mathematics.

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver Physics Department, housed in the Science Building on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, has state-of-the-art laboratories and sophisticated equipment for your use.

Physics BS Careers Collage: Microscope, Satellite, Rocket, Military

Career positions available with a Physics degree:

• High school science teacher
• Laboratory technician
• Photo-optics technician
• Ballistics expert

• Photogrammetrist
• Biophysicist
• Cryogenic specialist
• Seismologist
• Geophysicist

Physicists industries and businesses:

  • Atomic/nuclear labs
  • Secondary and higher education
  • Engineering firms
  • Government agencies
  • Professional/technical journals
  • Manufacturing/processing firms
  • Nuclear plants
  • Petroleum companies
  • Research firms

Featured Faculty

James DoveJames Dove

Professor James Dove’s work with the High-Altitude Observatory, a division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has led to internships at the observatory for his students. His research interests are solar physics and high-energy astrophysics.

Grant DennGrant Denn

Professor Grant Denn spearheaded MSU Denver’s participation in a Cornell University project called ALFAFA, a 22-member consortium of colleges and universities that promotes undergraduate Physics research. His research interests include active galactic nuclei, astronomy education, asteroid detection through radar astronomy and hydrogen content in galaxies.

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver Physics graduates are teaching in the Denver Public Schools and working at tech companies including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Northrup Grumman and Schlumberger.

Physics alumni have earned postgraduate degrees at many different Universities consisting of:

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center,
  • University of California, Los Angeles,
  • University of Denver,
  • University of Indiana,
  • University of Connecticut,
  • University of Florida
  • California Institute of Technology.

Department of Physics

Contact the Department of Physics

Email the Department of Physics

Phone: 303-615-1110

Campus Location:

Plaza Building

Suite 262

Mailing Address:

Department of Physics

Campus Box 69

1201 5th Street

Denver CO 80217-3362