Online Physics Degrees

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Online Physics Degrees
It's possible to earn a physics degree entirely online. (computer image by martini from

Due to the hands-on nature of most science degrees, there are not many options for earning your physics degree online. However, there are a few schools that offer some form of the study of physics, whether it's a concentration, physics paired with the study of education or even a master's degree.

Charter Oak State College

Charter Oak State College in Connecticut offers an online bachelor of science degree in general studies. All students must choose a concentration, of which physics is one. To graduate, students must complete 120 credits, including 60 liberal arts credits. Completing the physics concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits in the topic. Classes emphasise modern and classical physics concepts and quantitative problem solving. Graduates will be prepared to obtain employment in a physics-related job or to continue on to a higher degree program.

Charter Oak State College 55 Paul Manafort Dr. New Britain, CT 06053-2150 860-832-3800

Michigan State University

Michigan State University is one of the few state colleges offering an online degree in physics. Students can earn a master of science degree in beam physics. All lectures and course material are presented online, where students can interact with professors and others in the program. Each class is self-paced. Classes offered include introduction to beam physics, nonlinear beam dynamics, particle accelerators and seminar in beam physics. Students may go on to complete a Ph.D. with some classes taken on campus, if desired.

Center for Dynamical Systems Department of Physics and Astronomy Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 517-844-5583

Western Governors University

Western Governors University offers a bachelor of arts degree in science with a specialisation in teaching physics. This online degree is designed for those wishing to teach physics at the high school level. To graduate, 121 competency units (equivalent to credits) are required. Physics topics covered include modern physics, mechanics, optics, electricity, magnetism, heat, light and sound. Topics included in education classes are classroom management, testing, school and society, and diversity and inclusion.

Western Governors University 4001 South 700 East, Ste. 700 Salt Lake City, UT 84107 801-274-3280

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