Physics - B.S.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 120 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1113 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H  
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H and CHEM 1311L) or (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H and CHEM 1312L
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): Please consider the Franklin College's Biological Sciences requirement when selecting courses from the Core Curriculum. Some courses approved for the core curriculum do not satisfy the Franklin College requirement. 

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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2260 or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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Area VI
PHYS 1311-1311L (PHYS 1211-1211L with approval)
PHYS 1312-1312L (PHYS 1212-1212L with approval)
MATH 2250 or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H
MATH 2260 or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H
MATH 2270 or MATH 3500 or MATH 3500H 
(If taken in Area II or III, select additional hours in mathematics, computer science or chemistry.)

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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.
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Major Electives (3 hours)
Choose one course from the following:
PHYS 4102/6102
PHYS 4202/6202
PHYS 4702/6702
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General Electives (30 hours)
(Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
Upper division (12 hours)
Any level (18 hours)

Recommended Electives for students interested in graduate work:
PHYS 4102/6102
PHYS 4202/6202
PHYS 4702/6702
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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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