Undergraduate Programs

8.02 students feel the strength of the magnetic force. Image courtesy of Ulrich Becker
8.02 students feel the strength of the magnetic force.
Image courtesy of Ulrich Becker

The Department of Physics serves MIT undergraduates in many ways. As a foundational science, two semesters of physics are required of all MIT undergraduate students. The Department takes pride in offering numerous flavors of Physics I and Physics II to accommodate the diverse learning styles of MIT students. We deploy many of our best teachers to work with non-physics majors in these subjects.

For those who enjoy physics beyond the Institute requirements, we offer two distinct options leading to a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Those interested in majoring in physics are welcome to explore the curriculum, the activities of the Society of Physics Studentsexternal link icon, and the opportunities afforded by our faculty and staff.

Believing strongly in the value of research for both undergraduate and graduate students, the Department participates with enthusiasm in the UROP program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to actively participate in labs and research groups. This gives students the opportunity to learn fundamental skills that will be valuable in a variety of research settings.

Information on these topics and more can be found within the Undergraduate Physics web pages on the left.