Feb 21, 2024
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.
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.
Foundation Courses (25 credit hours)
**Freshmen should complete MATH 1241 before the beginning of their second year.
Major Courses (36 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Select 6 additional PHYS credit hours at the 3000- or 4000-level**.
***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
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.
Major courses must be completed with grades of C or above.
For details about the Honors Program in Physics, visit the program page.
For a suggested curriculum progression toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.