With a degree from the Georgia Tech School of Physics, you'll have the tools you need to succeed whether you decide to go to graduate school or into the industry after graduation. The Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for physics graduate programs while the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics is better suited for entry into industry or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline.
The School of Physics also offers Astrophysics Certificate and Astrophysics Concentration.
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Physics and Applied Physics Major Advisement, Contacts:
General Advisement: Dr. Martin Jarrio (martin.jarrio at physics.gatech.edu)
DegreeWorks and Degree Petitions: Dr. Martin Jarrio (martin.jarrio at physics.gatech.edu)
Registration: Dr. Andrew Scherbakov (Andrew.scherbakov at physics.gatech.edu)
Advisement, Change of Major, Contracts: Prof. Brian Kennedy (brian.kennedy at physics.gatech.edu)
Physics and Applied Physics Non-Major, Contacts:
Astrophysics Certificate: Dr. James Sowell (jim.sowell at physics.gatech.edu)
Minor in Physics: Dr. Martin Jarrio (martin.jarrio at physics.gatech.edu)
Change of Major: Dr. Martin Jarrio (martin.jarrio at physics.gatech.edu), Prof. Brian Kennedy (brian.kennedy at physics.gatech.edu)
Advanced Standing testing (students with score 4 on AP Physics C): Dr. Andrew Scherbakov (Andrew.scherbakov at physics.gatech.edu)
If you have ever wondered about the universe, space, and time or what a quantum jump has to do with light and heat, you have been thinking about problems in physics. Physics is a broad field of study centered primarily on finding the answers to two simple yet powerful questions: How and why? Attracting students who have explorative minds, Georgia Tech’s physics program offers degrees in physics and applied physics, where the Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for physics graduate programs while the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics is better suited for entry into industry or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline. The curriculum is well-rounded and flexible, with students choosing their courses to emphasize areas of study such as atomic and molecular physics, biophysics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, optics, solid-state physics, astrophysics, and pre-medicine.
Listed below are resources available to current undergraduate students.
- Program Information: Learn more about the Bachelors of Science in Physics and Applied Physics
- Scholarships: Scholarships available to Physics undergraduates
- Core Requirements: List of courses required to graduate with a degree in Physics
- Course Schedule: Recommended 4-year schedule of classes
- Physics Minor: List of courses required for a minor
- Astrophysics Concentration: for Physics majors with a particular interest in astrophysics
- Certificate in Astrophysics: for non-Physics majors with a particular interest in astrophysics
- Physics of Living Systems Concentration: for Physics majors with a particular interest in biological physics
- Information for Non-Majors: Information about transfer credit, lab make ups and exemptions, course overrides
- Energy Systems Minor: A program offered by the School of Aerospace Engineering that focuses on an area relevant to energy that is within the scope of the Physics program (Minor request)
- Intro Course Comparison: Comparison of Physics Currciula at GT
- Help desk: Information on tutoring at Georgia Tech
- Advanced Labs: Website for advanced labs
- Course Syllabi (PDF): Subjects covered by each Physics course
- DegreeWorks: Use DegreeWorks to review past, present, and future academic coursework to evaluate which degree requirements are complete and which degree requirements are remaining
- Undergraduate research: Explore opportunities to conduct research in physics while getting your degree
- Summer Research Internships: Explore opportunities to participate in research labs over summer break
- Conference travel grants: Apply for travel funds from the College of Sciences