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Physics (Professional)

Study the fundamental ideas and concepts related to the physical universe while conducting research in optical science and laser technology, astrophysics and more.

Physics – B.S. in Physics, Professional Option

Students in the Physics program at Montana State work closely with faculty on cutting-edge research projects that range from subjects as varied as astrophysics, biophysics, optics and space science. The Professional option in the Physics program is specifically designed to prepare motivated students for graduate study with a sound background in the fundamentals of physics and mathematics, as well as hands-on research opportunities within state-of-the-art facilities. Graduates of the Professional program go on to continue their studies at schools such as Caltech, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Physics major at Montana State offers one additional Option Within the Major: Interdisciplinary.






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Montana Space Grant Consortium
Students have the opportunity to intern with the Montana Space Grant Consortium, working within a national network to advance aerospace research and education.

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The eXtreme Gravity Institute
Montana State’s eXtreme Gravity Institute brings together physicists and astronomers to study phenomena where the forces of gravity are so strong they blur the separation between space and time, such as the big bang, neutron stars and black holes.

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Tradition Of Excellence
Physics students are able to learn from Montana State scientists who were part of a Nobel Prize-winning international team that detected gravitational waves a century after Albert Einstein predicted their existence.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Professional Physics students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Biophysics
  • Space Science
  • Lasers & Optics
  • Research & Development

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.