Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jul 30, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics

Boyd 208 • 678-839-4087


J. Hasbun, L. Lew Yan Voon (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics), B. Powell

Associate Professors:

N. Chestnut, A. DeSilva, J. Talbot (Chair)

Assistant Professor:

N. Sterling


B. Team


T. Asfaw

The physics program offers seven plans leading to the B. S. degree in physics. These plans are Plan A, the general physics major; Plan B, the dual degree (physics and engineering); Plan C, the physics major with a business concentration; Plan D, the physics education major; and Plans E, F, and G, the various physics emphases.

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

Plan B, please see the Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP) website at:   http://www.usg.edu/assets/academic_partnerships_accreditation/committee_docs/documents/REP_Pathways_Web_Page.pdf .

Plan C is designed so that students earn credit towards the master’s in business administration. In this plan, students obtain a B.S. in physics with a business concentration in four years. Students who are interested in entering the technological business world are thus enabled to complete their M.B.A. in the fifth year at West Georgia.

Plan D is a B.S. in physics education. As mandated by the Board of Regents, students interested in teaching at the secondary level must have a major in the area of their teaching interest.

Finally, plans E, F, and G are similar to Plan A but are specialized depending on the courses students choose in the major area. These three emphases are computational physics (plan E), electro-optics (plan F), and solid state physics (plan G). These plans are designed to make it easier for students to seek employment in specific industry positions. The physics faculty, as a whole, advise students in each of these areas.

PHYS 1111  and PHYS 2211  are beginning courses. After receiving credit for PHYS 2211 , a student may not receive credit for PHYS 1111 .

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the B.S. degree with a major in Physics will:

  • Be able to apply mathematical problem solving techniques in the upper level required courses such as modern physics and thermodynamics.
  • Be able to make basic physical measurements in the laboratory and analyze and interpret the results.
  • Be able to communicate effectively to a physics audience, through writing and public speaking.