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Tracks in Physics

Students can pursue several options in the Loyola physics program. Student can complete a BS in physics (two tracks), a BA in physics, a minor in physics, or an alternative path that includes physics, such a biomedical physics minor or an interdisciplinary major.


  • The analytic track of the physics major, resulting in a BS degree, consists of the physics foundation courses plus three advanced physics courses, one advanced lab course, and independent research with a Loyola faculty member. This option is ideally designed as a preparation for graduate study in physics or related fields.
  • The applied science track, resulting in a BS degree, consists of the physics foundation courses plus six courses that form a scientific area of focus, subject to the approval of the physics department. This track is designed for majors interested in technical subjects such as computing, math or the health professions and the coursework can be tailored to the interest and career goals of the student. For students interested in pursuing health professions such as medicine, dentistry, etc., the physics major with a natural science focus is the best choice.
  • The physics major resulting in a BA degree consists of the physics foundation courses. The student is encouraged to pursue a minor or a double major. This option is suited for students with multiple interests, some of which are in non-science areas.

Alternative Paths

  • Dual degree in physics and engineering. Students may participate in a five-year program at Loyola leading to a B.S. in physics with the applied science track and a B.S.E. from Loyola with a mechanical engineering concentration. The B.S.E. is accredited by ABET.
  • Columbia University 3-2 program. Physics majors may participate in a five-year combined degree program leading to a B.S. in physics with the applied science track from Loyola and a B.S. in engineering from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York. Students complete courses from Loyola during the first three years and courses from Columbia the following two years.
  • Interdisciplinary major in biology and physics. This option allows students to apply the principles of physics, math, and chemistry to understand the molecular mechanisms of biological systems. This path will prepare students for careers in medicine and other health-related professions, or graduate school in biophysics.

Minor in Physics

Visit the undergraduate catalogue for more information on physics majors, minors, tracks and courses.

Minor in Biomedical Physics

Visit the minor in biomedical physics page.

Learn more about available areas of focus and degrees offered.