This is a “3+2,” or Dual Degree, program that allows a student in approximately 5 academic years to obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of West Georgia and an engineering degree from Kennesaw State University.  After completing the academic requirements of the two participating institutions, the student shall be awarded two bachelor’s degrees from the University of West Georgia and Kennesaw State University.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    Dual degree Physics/Engineering.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    **Students must graduate from UWG the same semester that they graduate from their engineering program.

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    General

    • MATH-1113 - Precalculus

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry and trigonometry. Students cannot receive credit for MATH 1112 and MATH 1113.

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    • MATH-1634 - Calculus I

      The first of a three-course sequence in calculus. Limits, applications of derivatives to problems in geometry and the sciences (physical and behavioral). Problems which lead to anti-derivatives.

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    • MATH-2644 - Calculus II

      A continuation of MATH 1634. The definite integral and applications, calculus of transcendental functions, standard techniques of integration, sequences and series.

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    • PHYS-2212 - Principles of Physics II

      An introductory course that will include material from electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics. Elementary calculus will be used.

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    Major Required

    FL (6 hours) or six hours selected from:
    PHYS 4513. 4523, MATH 3063, 3003, 3353, 4203, 4313, 4363. or 4513

    Nine hours selected from:
    PHYS 3013, 3023, 3413, 3511, 3521, 4323, 4333, 4413, 4513, 4523, 4683, 4984, 4103

    X number of hours at the engineering school.
    (Must include enough upper-level to make a total of 39).

    Electives
    (Any hours less than 30 in X should be accounted for here)

    • MATH-3303 - Ordinary Differential Equations

      Modeling with and solutions of ordinary differential equations, including operators, Laplace transforms, and series; systems of ODE's, and numerical approximations.

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    • PHYS-3113 - Mechanics

      Principles of Newtonian mechanics, mathematical techniques, conservation laws, introduction to orbit theory, rigid body dynamics, and accelerated coordinate systems. (At the level of Davis.)

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    • PHYS-3313 - Electricity and Magnetism

      Electrostatic fields and potentials, conductors, dielectrics, magnetic fields, magnetic materials, electromagnetic induction, and Maxwell's equations. (At the level of Griffiths.)

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    • PHYS-3503 - Modern Physics

      A study of the failure of classical mechanics to describe experiments like Black Body Radiation, the Photoelectic Effect, the Michelson-Morley experiment and others which led physics into the worlds of special relativity and wave mechanics. Topics in wave mechanics include the Bohr Theory and its extension into the Schrodinger Equation with applications.

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    Major Selects

    FL (6 hours) or six hours selected from:
    PHYS 4513. 4523, MATH 3063, 3003, 3353, 4203, 4313, 4363. or 4513

    Nine hours selected from:
    PHYS 3013, 3023, 3413, 3511, 3521, 4323, 4333, 4413, 4513, 4523, 4683, 4984

    X number of hours at the engineering school.
    (Must include enough upper-level to make a total of 39).

    Electives
    (Any hours less than 30 in X should be accounted for here)

    • MATH-3003 - Transition to Advanced Mathematics

      A transition course to advanced mathematics. Topics include logic, set theory, properties of integers and mathematical induction, relations, and functions.

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    • MATH-3353 - Methods of Applied Mathematics

      Solutions of PDE's using orthogonal function systems. Studies of classical boundary-value problems, including the heat equation, wave equation, and potential. Integral transform and numerical methods of solutions.

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    • MATH-4203 - Mathematical Probability

      A calculus based statistics course with a strong emphasis on probability theory. Exercises are both theoretical and applied, including both discrete and continuous probability distributions such as the Binomial and Normal. The course provides the underlying theory and mathematically derived techniques of Statistics. Hypothesis testing for various parameters and regression are also discussed in this course.

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    • MATH-4313 - Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations

      Advanced topics in the theory of ordinary differential equations. Topics include existence theory, linear systems, phase plane analysis, asymptotic behavior of solutions, stability of linear systems, Lyapounov's second method and applications.

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    • MATH-4363 - Partial Differential Equations

      Studies of classical boundary-value problems, including the heat equation, wave equation, and potential equation. Solution methods including characteristics, separation of variables, integral transforms, orthogonal functions, Green's functions, Fourier series.

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    • MATH-4513 - Linear Algebra I

      The first course in a comprehensive, theoretically-oriented, two-course sequence in linear algebra. Topics include vector spaces, subspaces, linear transformations, determinants, and elementary canonical forms.

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    • PHYS-3013 - Basic Electronics

      Electronic principles, basic circuits and components, theory and applications of powers supplies, amplifiers and oscillators. (At level of Simpson.)

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    • PHYS-3023 - Digital Electronics

      Electronic applications of digital logic circuitry, flip-flops and registers, sequential logic circuitry and design. (At the level of Simpson.)

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    • PHYS-3511 - Experimental Physics I

      Selected experimental investigations in electrical measurement, atomic and nuclear physics, solid state physics, optics, and electronics.

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    • PHYS-3521 - Experimental Physics II

      Selected experimental investigations in electrical measurement, atomic and nuclear physics, solid state physics, optics and electronics (offered in spring semester)

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    • PHYS-4323 - Nuclear Physics

      A study of the discovery of the atomic nucleus by Rutherford and nuclear properties; radii, masses, spins, binding energies, etc. from experimental data. The nuclear force. Radioactivity in general and alpha, beta, gamma and fission. Fundamentals of nuclear reactions. Models of the nucleus.

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    • PHYS-4333 - Quantum Mechanics

      The principles of wave mechanics, including one dimensional potential problems, the hydrogen atom, systems of identical particles, perturbation theory. (At the level of Eisberg and Resnick.)

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    • PHYS-4413 - Introduction to Solid State Physics

      An introduction to crystal structure and the mechanical, thermal, magnetic, optical, and electrical property of solids. (At the level of Kittel).

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    • PHYS-4513 - Mathematical Physics

      Advanced mathematical methods required for the most comprehensive exposition of both classical and modern physics. (At the level of Boas.)

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    • PHYS-4523 - Computational Physics

      Introductory numerical methods in physics, including the application of computer techniques to a variety of physical problems at the level of Cook.

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    • PHYS-4683 - Physics Research

      Individual research in any area of several branches of physics. The research is to be carried out under the direction of a faculty member, and the research can be of an experimental or theoretical nature, or both.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    For complete information on application deadlines, please visit The Scoop.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    James E. Boyd Building

    1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118

    Phone: (678) 839-4087

    Fax: (678) 839-4088

    Email: physics@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    • Students will be able to apply mathematical problem solving techniques in the upper level required courses, such as modern physics and thermodynamics.
    • Students earning a B.S. degree in Physics will be able to make basic physical measurements in the laboratory and analyze and interpret the results.
    • Students will be able to communicate effectively to a physics audience, in written form.
    • Students will be able to communicate orally to a physics audience.