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Bachelor Degrees in Physics

Do you have a cosmos-sized curiosity? Are you interested in matter, space and time? In Georgia Southern University’s physics programs, you can explore our vast universe and join world-class professors in exciting research.

In Georgia Southern’s Physics Department, you are prepared for a career or advanced degree from the start. We offer the following programs, so explore the one that fits your interests:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Physics and Astronomy
  • Physics degree for the Pre-Med Program

Links to typical four-year plans for these degrees appear below.

Links to degree requirements as listed in the university catalog:

The BS curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements and is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting. Because physics forms the basis of many other sciences such as chemistry, material science, oceanography, nano-engineering and geophysics, the BS program is an excellent preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. In addition, physicists are increasingly applying their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine. An important part of the BS program is student participation in experimental or theoretical research with physics and astronomy faculty.

The BA curriculum provides the student with a firm foundation in physics and with the flexibility to choose from a large number of elective courses, thus permitting the student to explore other interests. Except for those students pursuing teacher certification, some of these elective courses are chosen to satisfy the requirements of a minor field of study. The student can, therefore, customize his or her program of study in preparation for a career in any science-related or science-required field, from intellectual property law and science reporting to physics teaching. Although not required for the BA program, students have the opportunity to become directly involved in any of the active research programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Learn more about the programs by exploring our program learning outcomes, which explain exactly what you’ll be prepared for by the time you graduate.

Master of Science in Applied Physical Science Degree

Prepare to become a leader in the business aspects of science. Georgia Southern’s Master of Science in Applied Physical Science (MS-APS) is a terminal professional degree that prepares you for the workplace. Gain real-world experience in applying physical science to the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. This master of applied science program deepens your understanding of the science used in your field, giving you a solid grounding in business fundamentals and communications. You can choose between a terminal non-thesis or a terminal thesis option, and select an interdisciplinary concentration area in:

  • Environmental science
  • Material science
  • Pharmaceutical science

Undergraduate Research

At Georgia Southern, we pride ourselves on creating a hands-on learning environment, where students don’t need to wait for graduate school to begin serious research. Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities through the College Office of Undergraduate Research (COUR).

Last updated: 2/25/2021