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An undergraduate degree in physics (Course VIII) provides an excellent basis not only for graduate study in physics and related fields, but also for professional work in such fields as astrophysics, biophysics, engineering and applied physics, geophysics, management, law, or medicine. The undergraduate curriculum offers students the opportunity to acquire a deep conceptual understanding of fundamental physics. The core departmental requirements begin this process. The student then chooses one of two options to complete the degree: the focused option is designed for students who plan to pursue physics as a career, the flexible option accommodates those who are interested in other, perhaps nontraditional, career paths, as well as those who want to tailor their physics program in a way that reflects broader interests. Either option provides a considerable amount of time for exploration through electives. Students proceed at the pace and degree of specialization best suited to their individual capacities. Both options lead to the same degree: a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Department of Physics: Undergraduate Program

MIT Course Bulletin: Physics Undergraduate Program