Curriculum | Physics & Astronomy

Curriculum

The Physics Major is a firm basis for a career in medicine, law, business, sales, engineering, teaching, computing, biophysics, environmental science, or physics.

Freshmen who declare physics as a major are strongly advised to take PHY 101 their first semester (unless they have AP credit for calculus). Also contact the math department to take a placement exam so that you can sign up for MAT 151, MAT 190, or MAT 196. It is also recommended to take CSC 120, CHE 111 and 114 during your first two years.

Sample Schedule of Physics and Math Lecture courses for 4-year BS degree in Physics

Class Fall Spring
Freshman PHY 101
MAT 196
PHY 291
MAT 296 (or 196, then 296 in Summer)
Sophomore PHY 292
MAT 396 and MAT 390
CSC 120
PHY 321 and PHY 311
MAT 390 if not completed yet
Junior PHY 351, PHY 323, and PHY 325 PHY 327 and PHY 421
Senior PHY 411, PHY 451, and PHY 453 PHY 401
PHY electives

Bachelor of Arts Physics Major (BA)

Take all the physics courses through the 300-level. No 400-level courses are required. PHY 101 is optional. 26 required credits of PHY

Bachelor of Science Physics Major (BS)

Take 9 credits of 400-level courses in addition to the lower level courses. PHY 101 is optional. 36 required credits of PHY.

Minoring in Physics

A minimum of 15 semester hours in physics courses is to be planned in consultation with a physics faculty member. The usual physics minor program will consist of PHY 291, 292, and at least 7 semester hours of additional courses (excluding PHY 203, 209, 235, 205, 333, and 334). Other, quite different programs may be fitted to the individual student’s interests and objectives.

Advising Questions?

Contact us at: physics.advising@uncg.edu