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Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Physics, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree is appropriate for students planning to pursue physics as a professional career, either immediately after graduation in a physics-related industry or after graduate study in physics or a related field. 

Degree Requirements

A Major in Physics leading to the B.S. degree consists of at least 51 credit hours of physics courses (PHYS) with an average of C or above.

General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program 


**Freshmen should complete MATH 1241  before the beginning of their second year.


***PHYS 3000 , PHYS 3900 , PHYS 4000 , or PHYS 4800  may be used to fulfill the 36-credit hour PHYS requirement only if approved in advance for this purpose by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Students planning for graduate study in physics are strongly advised to take PHYS 4242  as part of their 3000-4000-level elective hours.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Cooperative Education Program

In the Cooperative Education Program, students complete their lower-division coursework and, after being formally accepted as a co-op student, alternates periods of academic coursework with periods of full-time paid employment in an area mutually agreed upon by the student, an employer, and the University.  Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. Further information regarding the application procedure for admission into this program can be obtained from the University Career Center.

Grade Requirements

Major courses must be completed with grades of C or above.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Physics, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required.

Teacher Licensure

In addition to meeting the requirements for the physics degree, students who plan to become licensed teachers must have a Minor in Secondary Education . These students should contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising, Licensure, and Recruitment (TEALR) in the College of Education regarding teacher licensure.