B.S. Degree, Major in Physics with Areas of Emphasis

  • Physics knowledge is very important and is a strong basis to build different career paths. Since there are many reasons to pursue a physics degree, we are charged with the complex role of educating not only traditional physics majors, but also students with interest in physics who want to include other sciences in their careers.
  • To accommodate these varied interests, in addition to the traditional standard B.S. Degree in Physics, we offer a number of flexible tracks towards different Areas of Emphasis (AoE). These areas of emphasis have a comprehensive curriculum combined with a strong physics program and a background from other scientific disciplines. Students who follow these flexible tracks will have a sound physics background, as well as broad knowledge in additional areas of science.
  • The college requirements of eight hours in a second/third science are rolled into the AoE, so that these are not an extra requirements.
  • The BS in Physics with AoE requires completion of maximum 30 credit hours of Physics and 13 hours of Math. As opposed to the basic degree, two core physics courses are not required (PHY 302 and PHY 443), as well as 2 hours of advanced elective lab and 4 hours or differential calculus.
  • Moreover, for the AoE in Biophysics, the course PHY 330 is not required, and for the AoE in Medical Physics, the courses PHY 330 and PHY 445 are not required.
  • Completion of an AoE is posted on the student’s transcript. An 2.00 overall GPA and 2.00 Major GPA is required to graduae.
College of Science • One John Marshall Drive • Science Building 270 • Huntington, WV 25755
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