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J. Hasbun, B. Powell (Chair)
N. Chestnut, A. DeSilva, N. Sterling
The physics program offers seven plans leading to the B. S. degree in physics. These plans are Plan A, the general physics major; Plan B, the dual degree (physics and engineering); Plan C, the physics major with a business concentration; Plan D, the physics education major; and Plans E, F, and G, the various physics emphases.
Plan A is designed for students who desire to pursue graduate study in physics or career options for which physics is an excellent gateway.
Plan B is the Dual degree program, where a student may, in approximately five years, receive both an engineering degree and a bachelor's degree in physics. The University of West Georgia has Dual-Degree agreements with several engineering schools, such as Georgia Tech, Mercer University, and Auburn University. Under these agreements, a student can attend West Georgia for 3 years and the other institution for 2 years and obtain a B.S. degree in physics from West Georgia and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the other institution.
Plan C is designed so that students earn credit towards the master's in business administration. In this plan, students obtain a B.S. in physics with a business concentration in four years. Students who are interested in entering the technological business world are thus enabled to complete their M.B.A. in the fifth year at West Georgia.
Plan D is a B.S. in physics education. As mandated by the Board of Regents, students interested in teaching at the secondary level must have a major in the area of their teaching interest.
Finally, plans E, F, and G are similar to Plan A but are specialized depending on the courses students choose in the major area. These three emphases are computational physics (plan E), electro-optics (plan F), and solid state physics (plan G). These plans are designed to make it easier for students to seek employment in specific industry positions. The physics faculty, as a whole, advise students in each of these areas.
Students completing the B.S. degree with a major in Physics will:
- Have mastered the basic content of fundamental areas of physics: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, and Modern Physics, by being able to solve and discuss problems
- Be able to apply mathematical and computer techniques to obtain quantitative problems in the fundamental areas of physic
- Be able to make basic physical measurements in the laboratory and analyze and interpret the results