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Online Schools with Physics Degree Programs

Get information about the kinds of physics programs available and careers that might need people with this knowledge. Learn about classes offered and how online classes work.

What Types of Online Physics Programs Are There?

Online degree programs in general physics are rare, but you can find online bachelor's and master's programs in specific physics fields, like health physics and physics education. Online health physics and radiation health physics programs usually are offered on the master's level, while physics education programs allow you to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees online.

Degree Types and Fields Bachelor's and master's in physics education, master's in health physics and radiation health
Online Requirements Downloading lecture notes, video conference participation, classroom field experience, residency on campus
Health Physics Topics Radiation physics, quantum mechanics, health sciences
Physics Education Topics Calculus, waves and optics, teaching natural sciences, diversity in the classroom
Median Salary (2018)$60,320 (for secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)8% growth (for all secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do I Learn Online?

Online physics programs often offer online courses mixed with traditional classes and lab work. During an online course, you'll usually participate in videoconferences and tune in to live lectures. You should be able to download most lecture notes, along with audio and visual presentations, interactive exercises and self-administered quizzes. Programs might even mail you lab materials so you can conduct experiments from home.

Master's degree programs often require a period of residency so you can complete lab work and research under the guidance of a mentor. Bachelor's degree physics education programs might require classroom field experience, as well as a summer in residency. Technical requirements for online programs can include Adobe Reader, Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Media Player.

What Can I Learn in a Health Physics Program?

Health physics programs examine the physics behind medical radiation treatments and their effects on the human body. Your classes might emphasize subjects like radiation safety, biology and human anatomy, and your program likely will culminate in a thesis and, possibly, a comprehensive exam. Common topics that your program might address include:

  • Radiation physics
  • Health physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Health sciences

What Can I Expect from a Physics Education Program?

A bachelor's program in physics education usually will prepare you to become a high school physics teacher. The curriculum should provide you with liberal arts, social science and classroom management knowledge, in addition to concentrating on physics principles.

A physics education graduate program might be right for you if you already hold a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. As a master's candidate, you'll likely study more advanced curriculum development and teaching strategies, and your program may end with the successful defense of a written educational report. Physics education topics covered in both bachelor's and master's degree programs might include:

  • Teaching natural sciences
  • Calculus
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Diversity in the classroom
  • Waves and optics