May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum ​ for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core A - E) Credit Hours: 42

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Major Emphasis Credit Hours: 9

Select an emphasis area below to complete the Major 4

General Physics

Students must complete 9 additional credit hours, of which 6 credit hours must be upper-division (3000+) ASTR or PHYS coursework.


Students must complete 9 additional credit hours, of which 6 credit hours must be upper-division (3000+) ASTR coursework.

Electives Credit Hours: 17

Students must complete 17 additional credit hours in any subject area (Students seeking the Astronomy Emphasis must include the courses below, if not taken in Area D or Area F).

Total Credit Hours: 124

1 While MATH 1441 Calculus I  is 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area A2. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Area F.

2 Students must complete MATH 1441 Calculus I MATH 2242 Calculus II , and MATH 2243 Calculus III 

3 PHYS 3630 Undergraduate Seminar  is a 1 credit hour class, repeatable for credit. 3 credit hours are required in the Major Requirements of the BS Physics degree. Additional repeated hours will not count toward graduation.

4 Astronomy Emphasis only available on Statesboro campus. General Emphasis available on both campuses.

Other Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete the Major Field Test as a departmental exit exam.

Honors in Physics

To graduate with Honors in Physics, a student must:

  • be admitted to the Honors College;
  • complete 3-credit hours in honors PHYS 5890  or ASTR 5890  (in a minimum of two regular semesters);
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation.


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