The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers courses of study leading to either the Associate of Science degree or the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physics. An associate degree (Associate of Science Degree in Natural Sciences) is an option for those students pursuing a 2-year degree and is offered on the Gainesville campus. Students may begin their B.S. degree on any UNG campus but must complete the program on the Dahlonega campus.
The B.S. degree in Physics prepares students for graduate studies in physics and related fields, employment in various technical positions, and secondary physics education. Students aspiring secondary education teacher certification in physics usually complete the B.S. degree in Physics and then get certified through the post-baccalaureate or Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a dual degree program that allows students to receive both a bachelor’s degree in physics from UNG and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern University, Mercer University, the University of Georgia, or Clemson University. Students begin their studies at UNG and after completing a specified 90-credit-hour curriculum, transfer to the engineering college where they complete a degree in engineering. When the engineering degree is completed, the students receive a second bachelor’s degree from UNG.
Students seeking a bachelor of engineering degree may begin their college studies at the University of North Georgia through the Regents Engineering Pathways program (REP) or may take a pre-engineering curriculum. Upon successful completion of the pre-engineering curriculum, REP students transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern University, the University of Georgia, or Mercer University to complete the degree requirements. Non-REP pre-engineering students take the pre-engineering curriculum and then apply for transfer to the engineering school of their choice. For details see the Engineering Programs section of the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
The department also provides students with the opportunity to minor in physics.
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