College of Natural and Health Sciences
Contact: Cynthia S. Galovich, Ph.D., Department Chair
Location: Ross Hall 0232
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credit
This major focuses on the main laws and principles of physics through a basic core of physics and support courses. Students can select from a variety of elective courses at the junior/senior level to tailor the program toward their future goals.
Graduates have a solid foundation in physics for pursuing their individual career goals, including employment in industry and research laboratories and graduate studies in physics, engineering, health or the environment.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- A research project, completed in PHYS 470, is required. HON 451 may be substituted for PHYS 470.
- A 2.0 GPA or better is required in PHYS prefix courses for graduation.
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits
LAC area 2 — Mathematics
LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences
Remaining LAC — 22 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core”.
NOTE: Students need to select courses from Areas 7 and/or 8 that also count for Areas 3, 4, or 5.
2. Required Major —62-66 credits
Take all of the following courses:
Choose three credits of the following:
| ||Elective credits in Computer Science (CS)||
| ||General Computing (CG) (consent of advisor)||
Choose eight credits of the following:
Elective credits in Physics, including at least one 300-level or above course that has a lab (consent of advisor).
3. University-Wide Credits — 14-18 credits
Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 14-18 credits.