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Areas A - E (See Core section of the Catalog)

42 semester hours

Area F

18 semester hours

Thirteen hours selected from the following (if not already taken in Areas A or D):

MATH 1261

Calculus I or

MATH 1116

Integrated Calculus IB

MATH 1262

Calculus II

PHYS 2211

Principles of Physics I

PHYS 2211L

Principles of Physics I Laboratory

PHYS 2212

Principles of Physics II

PHYS 2212L

Principles of Physics II Laboratory

CHEM 1211

Principles of Chemistry I

CHEM 1211L

Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 1212

Principles of Chemistry II

CHEM 1212L

Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory

Five hours:

PHYS 1011

Techniques in Physics I

PHYS 1012

Techniques in Physics II

All courses listed above under Area F Requirements are program requirements. If not taken under Areas A, D, and F, they must be taken as Electives.

Any transfer student, who has not completed the courses in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these courses at GCSU.

Major Requirements

33 semester hours

PHYS 2920

Sophomore Seminar

MATH 2263

Calculus III

MATH 2150

Linear Algebra

PHYS 3000


PHYS 3010

Modern Physics

PHYS 3311

Mathematical Physics

CHEM 4211

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 4211L

Physical Chemistry I Lab

PHYS 3321

Introduction to Quantum Physics

PHYS 3100L

Electronics Laboratory

PHYS 3100

Electricity & Magnetism

PHYS 3920

Physics Seminar I

PHYS 4600L

Advanced Physics Laboratory

PHYS 4920

Senior Seminar

Capstone Experience

15 semester hours

Twelve hours selected from the following:

ASTR 3400


PHYS 4321

Advanced Quantum Physics

PHYS 4100

Advanced Electricity & Magnetism

ASTR 3020

Observation Techniques in Astronomy

PHYS 4261

Introduction to Nuclear Physics

PHYS 4251

Introduction to General Relativity

CHEM 4212

Physical Chemistry II

CHEM 4212L

Physical Chemistry II Lab

MATH 4340

Differential Equations

MATH 4300

Complex Variables

MATH 4650

Numerical Analysis I

MATH 4261

Mathematical Analysis I

MATH 4262

Mathematical Analysis II

MATH 4081

Abstract Algebra I

MATH 4082

Abstract Algebra II

Three hours:

PHYS 4999


Other Requirements

  • Complete PHYS 0001, First-Year Academic Seminar, with a satisfactory grade. Students who transfer to GCSU are exempt from this requirement.
  • An average of C or better must be maintained over the 44-59 hours used to satisfy Area F and Major Requirements.
  • Successful completion of senior exit interview.
  • A minimum of 39 hours overall must be at the 3000-4000 level.
  • Students must show competence in a foreign language at the level of the second university course (1002). (3-6 semester hours)


8-5 semester hours


120 semester hours

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