Loyola University Maryland

Department of Physics

Tracks in Physics

Students can pursue several options in the Loyola physics program. Student can complete a major in one of three tracks, a minor in physics, or choose an alternative path that includes physics.


  • The analytic track of the physics major 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 consists of the physics foundation courses plus six courses that form an 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 general track consists of the physics foundation courses plus six courses that form a coherent program in a non-technical area such as business, education or science writing. The details of the focus area must be reviewed with the physics advisor.

Alternative Paths

  • Columbia University 3-2 program. Physics majors may participate in a five-year combined degree program leading to a B.S. in physics with an 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.

Learn more about available areas of focus and degrees offered.