The Department of Physics at Northeastern University offers a broad range of curricula that reflect the intellectual excitement and relevance of studying physics both within its broadly defined traditional boundaries and at the intersection with other disciplines, in particular the biomedical sciences, where physics is having a growing impact. In addition, the department offers unique opportunities for students to experience frontline research at the undergraduate level through internships in faculty research labs and coops.

As a physics major, a student explores the fundamental physical principles that govern natural phenomena ranging in scale from collisions of subatomic particles, to atoms and molecules, to various condensed phases such as solids and liquids, to exploding stars and colliding galaxies.

As a biomedical physics major, a student explores fundamental physical principles relevant for understanding biological phenomena on various scales as well as medical instrumentation and devices. This program takes advantage of the local Boston area medical research environment to offer a unique interdisciplinary learning experience and also offers the option of a premed track.

Students enrolled in the BS/PhD program will meet all of the requirements for both the physics BS degree and the physics PhD. Undergraduate course sharing and the potential of co-ops connected to PhD research will allow students to complete the PhD earlier than a graduate student who enters our program after receiving a BS degree elsewhere.

The physics department also offers an undergraduate BS applied (interdisciplinary) physics program, a combined undergraduate/graduate level applied physics and engineering BS/MS program, and several undergraduate combined majors in collaboration with other departments. The list of current combined majors includes physics and chemical engineering, physics and computer science, physics and electrical engineering, physics and environmental geology, physics and mathematics, and physics and philosophy.

Sample Curricula

The curriculum guides for Physics degree programs are periodically updated. For the most current information please consult the Registrar’s website.

Five-Year Physics Degrees, Division A
Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics Pre-Med/Health (2014-2015)
Applied (Interdisciplinary) Physics (2016-2017)
BS/MS Applied Physics & Engineering (2016-2017)
Physics BS/PhD (2015-2016)

Five-Year Physics Degrees, Division B
Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics Pre-Med/Health (2014-2015)
Applied (Interdisciplinary) Physics (2016-2017)

Four-Year Physics Degrees
Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics (2016-2017)
Biomedical Physics Pre-Med/Health (2013-2014)
Applied (Interdisciplinary) Physics (2016-2017)
Physics BS/PhD (2012-2013)
Physics and Music Composition (2014-2015)

Combined Physics Degrees
Physics/Chemical Engineering
Physics/Electrical Engineering
Physics/Computer Engineering
Physics/Mechanical Engineering
Physics/Computer Science
Physics/Environmental Geology
Physics/Music Composition (2014-2015)
Physics/Philosophy (2012-2013)


Physics Department Undergraduate Advisor
Professor Tim Sage

College of Science Academic Advisor for Physics
Nathan Richardson