Physics is a fundamental physical science.  Its essentials form the foundation of all sciences as well as engineering and technology.  The world of physics ranges from the smallest particles of subatomic matter to the galaxies. Physicists conduct research into the basic 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 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.

We offer a B. S. degree in physics as well as a dual degree physics/engineering program with the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In this program a student takes courses for approximately three years at UWG and then transfers to the engineering program for about two more years.  At the end of the program the student receives bachelor's degrees in both physics and engineering from the two colleges respectively.  Similar programs in physics with concentrations in business and in education are also available.

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

    Plan A is designed for students who desire to pursue graduate study in physics or career options for which physics is an excellent gateway.

    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 Bursar's Office 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

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    General

    Major Required

    Major Selects

    Six (6) hours selected from:
    FL (6 hours), MATH 3313, 4013, 4203, Math 2853, 3003, 3353, 4153, 4313, 4363

    Fifteen (15) hours selected from: PHYS 3013, 3023, 3413, 4323, 4333, 4413, 4683, 4103

    MAJOR Electives (Must include enough upper level hours to make a total of at least 39)

    • 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.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • 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.