May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

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Program Description

The program of study in physics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the opportunity to pursue a major field of concentration in physics with the necessary specialization to succeed in a wide array of post-baccalaureate opportunities. The following concentrations include the course work and experience necessary for student success.  See an academic advisor for specific course information and important aspects of each of these concentrations.

General Physics Concentration: Physics is the study of matter, motion, force, and energy across space and time. Physicists develop theories and perform experiments to understand the physical world including everything from the elementary constituents of a proton, electric and magnetic phenomena, lasers, high tech materials, and black holes. The general physics concentration will provide students with a broad conceptual understanding of physical phenomena and technical problem-solving skills. Students who earn bachelor’s degrees in physics are well prepared to pursue advanced graduate degrees in physics or related areas of study. It also prepares students for 21st-century careers in government and industry as professional physicists.

Electrical Engineering Concentration: This concentration in electrical engineering combines the study of physics with electrical engineering by further broadening knowledge and skills. In addition, a degree with an electrical engineering concentration will increase the marketability of the physics student.

Mechanical Engineering Concentration: This concentration in mechanical engineering combines the study of physics with mechanical engineering. This curriculum design helps to further broaden the students’ analytical skills. In addition, a degree with a mechanical engineering concentration will increase the marketability of the physics student.

This program is a part of the College of Science and Mathematics .

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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admissions Requirements

This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required. For more information, please visit the Admissions  section of the Catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the requirements outlined in Academic Policies 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION  .


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Program Course Requirements

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Core Curriculum 

General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major:

Science Majors must take MATH 1113 or higher in Area A2 and MATH 1179 or higher in Area D1.

Science and Engineering Majors must take two four-hour laboratory sciences in Area D2. Students must choose from CHEM 1211/L, CHEM 1212/L, BIOL 1107/L, or BIOL 1108/L.

Math Requirement (3 Credit hours)

Concentrations (42 Credit Hours)

General Physics Concentration

Required Physics Courses (26 Credit Hours)

  • Any 3000- or 4000-level of PHYS courses for 23 credit hours*. *May include a maximum of 8 credits of any non-PHYS 3000 or 4000-level course. *May include a maximum of 6 credits of PHYS 3110 or 4400

Required Physics Laboratory (6 Credit Hours)

Any PHYS “K” or PHYS “L” laboratory courses for 6 credit hours* *May include a maximum of 3 credits from PHYS 3110

Free Electives (10 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum NOTE: These 10 credit hours of free electives combined with any 8 credit hours of 3000- and 4000- level courses would allow a students to take a minor in any discipline at KSU.

Electrical Engineering Concentration

Required Physics Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Electives (8 Credit Hours)

Any 3000- or 4000-level courses

Mechanical Engineering Concentration

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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