College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Major | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Butler’s Physics major provides a solid academic program and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on original research projects and student theses. The major encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and hands-on, experiential learning in a rich, multifaceted approach to the discipline of physics that mirrors its core tenants: curiosity, scientific study, and practical application. With access to state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory and the Big Dawg supercomputer, alongside paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions, internships, graduate school, and industry, the Physics major prepares students to succeed.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • PH201, PH202, Introduction to Analytical Physics I and II
  • PH303, Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
  • PH311, Experimental Modern Physics
  • PH325, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • PH331, Electromagnetic Theory
  • PH421, Quantum Theory

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The Physics major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

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Foster an ambitious spirit. Cultivate a career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) attracts the kinds of students who are never satisfied with the status quo. Our quest for knowledge is both timeless and modern. 

We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

LAS students are committed to being thoughtful practitioners of whatever field they choose, resulting in graduates who are engaged in their careers, active in their communities, and continually learning and leading.