What is Physics?

Physics seeks to discover the most basic laws of the universe; it tries to explain why things are the way they are at the most fundamental level. It is the foundation upon which the other physical sciences - astronomy, chemistry, geology - are based. How did our universe originate? What are things made up of at the smallest level? What is space? What is time? How do things move and why? Why is ice a solid, but water is not?... Those are the sorts of questions physics attempts to answer within the framework of its theories.

An understanding of physics is essential for engineering and technology. The design of heat engines, vehicles, electrical devices from power generators to microwave ovens to computers, is best done after gaining a solid grounding in physics. Every undergraduate engineering program requires at least two semesters of physics. Biology and medicine use several ideas and tools of physics, e.g., force, pressure, energy, acoustics, optics, electronics, X rays, and radiation. Most undergraduate biology and health sciences programs require two semesters of physics.


The Joint BS Physics degree is a Bachelor of Science degree with a Physics major, provided through the joint efforts of physics faculty both here at TAMUCC and at other schools in the Texas Physics Consortium (TPC).  Interested students are encouraged to visit the TPC website at  Upper-level physics courses can originate at any of the TPC schools, and students at any of the other TPC schools can take them via distance education.

Physics courses are also offered in support of other major study areas in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering and technology, and 8-12 level physical science teaching certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students obtaining the Joint BS in Physics will:

  • possess a broad understanding of physics.
  • understand scientific methods and be able use them to develop and conduct studies of physical systems.
  • communicate physical information effectively at the undergraduate level, whether the communication is in oral or written form, with or without the use of technology.

Physics Matriculation Guide 4 Year Plan

For more information on the Physics degree plan, please visit the academic catalog