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Department of Physics
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118


James E. Boyd Building
208 Boyd, Main Office

Phone: (678) 839-4087
Fax: (678) 839-4088


Welcome to the Department of Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of all the sciences because the ideas of physics underlie the other basic sciences as well as engineering and modern technology. The world of physics ranges from the smallest particles of subatomic matter to the galaxies. Physicists conduct research into the fundamental laws of nature or use existing knowledge about the physical world to develop applications and to design new products. A degree in physics prepares the student for a career in physics or related job in industry, a governmental lab, teaching, as well as for further graduate study.

The Department of Physics offers a complete undergraduate curriculum in physics as well as courses in physics and astronomy for those who are majoring in other disciplines. Well-equipped laboratories and computer facilities are available. The department operates the University of West Georgia Observatory for astronomy classes and for general public observing sessions. We also have several photographs available taken through our telescope and of our Observatory.

The faculty consists of physicists, dedicated to quality undergraduate education and to the advancement of knowledge in physics. They actively pursue research in their subject areas both on campus with UWG students and in collaboration with colleagues at other institutions.

The physics program offers seven plans leading to the B. S. degree in physics, as well as a minor in physics. For more information on the programs that we offer, please click here.

Mission and Values Statement:

The Department of Physics will provide our students with a conceptual understanding of physics, as well as problem solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for their future careers, regardless of their major.

  • Our majors will gain a deep understanding of physics through a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum. They will have an opportunity to engage in meaningful research projects. They will be prepared to enter graduate or professional school, to teach at the secondary level, or to enter a career in industry.
  • Students with other majors will gain an appreciation of science and an understanding of foundational physics concepts. They will improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and be able to perform experiments and interpret data.

The Department of Physics values:

  • Personal attention to a diverse group of majors
  • Excellent teaching on the part of our faculty
  • Faculty and student research
  • Preparing physicists, engineers, and teachers for a variety of career paths
  • Service to the University of West Georgia and the broader community

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