Physics - B.S.

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Degree & Major: Physics - B.S.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Benjamin Cooley
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
(706) 542-3909
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: Physics is the study of how the universe works. Students majoring in physics will learn the foundational theories of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics. Other required courses and electives emphasize additional areas of physics such as optics, thermodynamics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, and electronics. Throughout the course of study, students will develop their skills in problem solving, conceptual reasoning, and quantitative modeling, skills that are also widely applicable outside the field of physics. Physics classes are generally small, which offers students a valuable opportunity for interaction with the faculty. Students can choose to become involved in experimental, theoretical, or simulational research projects with faculty mentors.

Career Opportunities: Physicists are trained to solve problems by thinking critically, logically, and systematically. A physicist can work effectively in any career that requires these skills. Some students continue in physics research and are ultimately employed in private or government research laboratories, or at universities. Many physicists are employed outside of physics, for example in computer-related professions, as data scientists, as financial analysts, or in nuclear medicine.
of Transfer Students:
Students intending to pursue a major in physics should begin calculus as soon as possible, and complete it through MATH 2270 and MATH 2700. They should begin the PHYS 1311-1311L, 1312-1312L sequence by the second semester of their first year. A physics major must have a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in the required 1000- and 2000-level physics and mathematics classes before enrolling in more advanced PHYS courses. We recommend that all physics majors take PHYS 3700 and PHYS 3900 in the spring of their second year to prepare adequately for the upper-division courses in the third year. We recommend that second-year students who transfer into the program later than spring semester either be familiar with this material or delay their entry into upper-division course work until PHYS 3700 and PHYS 3900 have been taken.
Scholarships: The Hendren Memorial Scholarship is available to students in this major by nomination of the faculty. A number of research opportunities also exist for undergraduate students, and many carry a stipend.
Available Graduate Programs: Astrophysics/astronomy, physics, science education, engineering, data science, applied math, and many others, including medical school and law school.