B.S. in Physics

Program Information

The Department of Physics and Astronomy carries out research activities in a broad area, covering the range from constituents of matter at the subatomic and nuclear levels to the formation and evolution of active galaxies. Our CHARA Array Telescope on Mt Wilson is now operational and can be remotely controlled from Atlanta.  Students may pursue the general program as outlined here or pursue a concentration for more specialized knowledge.  If a student elects to take a concentration, it is necessary to consult with the undergraduate advisor.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office or visit the Department’s website if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see and the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from.

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.

Take PHYS 1000 in your first Fall semester.  This course is also helpful to non-majors who wish to explore this field.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

CHEM 1211K

4

**GSU 1010

1

MATH 1112

3

ENGL 1101

3

***PHYS 1000

2
Total Hours 13

Term 2

Course Hours

CHEM 1212k

4

MATH 2211

4

Area C Elective

3

ENGL 1102

3

Area B Elective

2
Total Hours 16

Notes

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

***This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV or resume.


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

PHYS 2211K

4

MATH 2212

4

HIST 2110

3

Area C Elective

3

Area E Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

PHYS 2212K

4

MATH 2215

4

POLS 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Area E Elective

3
Total Hours 16

Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

MATH 3260

3

*PHYS 3300

3

PHYS 3401

4

Concentration

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 16

Term 2

Course Hours

PHYS 3850

3

*PHYS 4900

3

Concentration

3

Concentration

3

Area H Elective

4
Total Hours 16

Notes

*This course fulfills the CTW requirement.

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Concentration

3

PHYS 4700

4

Concentration

3

Area H Elective

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

PHYS 4600

4

Concentration

3

Concentration

3

Area H Elective

4
Total Hours 14

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.