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 Kennesaw State University. 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.

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

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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

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.

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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.

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General

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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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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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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A continuation of MATH 2644. Topics include functions of two, three, and more variables, multiple integrals, and topics in vector calculus.

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An introductory course that will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. Elementary calculus will be used.

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The lab component for PHYS 2211 which must be a co-requisite.

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

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The lab component for PHYS 2212 which must be a co-requisite.

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Major Required

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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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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Thermodynamic laws and applications. (At the level of Black and Hartley).

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

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

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

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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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Discussion of topics by students in seminar format regarding current theoretical and experimental topics in physics.

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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)

The practices and pitfalls of numerical computation. Topics include floating point representations; precision, accuracy, and error; numerical solution techniques for various types of problems; root finding, interpolation, differentiation, integration, systems of linear and ordinary differentiation.

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

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

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Reflection, transmission, and refraction of waves, electromagnetic theory applications and light properties. (At the level of Hecht.)

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An advanced overview of modern astrophysics, covering interactions between light and matter, stellar atmospheres and interiors, the Milky Way Galaxy, the interstellar medium, and galaxies and cosmology. (At the level of Carroll & Ostlie)

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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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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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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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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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Jeff Barron, Ed.S.

Jeff Barron, Ed.S.

Instructor of Physics

Neal Chesnut, Ph.D.

Neal Chesnut, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

Technology Learning Center
Room 2132
Benjamin DeMayo, Ph.D.

Benjamin DeMayo, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Landewatte Ajith DeSilva, Ph.D.

Landewatte Ajith DeSilva, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Nicholas Sterling, Ph.D.

Nicholas Sterling, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Julie Talbot, Ph.D.

Julie Talbot, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

Technology Learning Center
Room 2131

Guidelines for Admittance

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

Application Deadlines

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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

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

  • 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.