Information for Physics Majors


If you are a majoring in physics and you have never talked to me, please do so.

Dr. Brian Thoms

457 Science Annex




Opportunities for Future Teachers

There are opportunities for those who plan or are considering becoming teachers including a new concentration in Education and an accelerated BS/MAT program.†† Please see me to discuss them.


Welcome Fall 2012 Freshman Physics Majors

E-mail ( or come talk to me (457 Science Annex) soon.I can help you get on and keep on the right path!


Requirement for Fall 2012 Freshman: Phys1000: Gateway to Physics.

New Freshman take this physics course in your first semester!

This is a 2 credit hour course that will introduce you to how physics and astronomy

connects to the world around us, what physicists and astronomers do, and research here at GSU.

It will be taught Monday from 5:00 to 6:50 PM.


Welcome New Transfer Physics Majors

E-mail or come talk to me soon.I can help you get on and keep on the right path!


Physics B.S. requirements

Note that to graduate you have to meet the requirements of a particular edition of the catalog.

Typically, itís the catalog for the academic year that you entered GSU.

You can find out what catalog year you are under by viewing your academic evaluation in GoSolar.

You can change to the newest catalog but you canít go backwards.


2010-2011 Catalog

2011-2012 Catalog

2012-2013 Catalog

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule

BS in Physics Requirements

BS in Physics Requirements

BS in Physics Requirements

Full 2010-2011 online catalog

Full 2011-2012 online catalog

Full 2012-2013 online catalog


Applying for Graduation

Juniors and Seniors, remember that you must apply for graduation 2 semesters before your graduation date.


Course Schedule and Descriptions

To help you plan your future semesters, I have prepared a two year

Expected Schedule of Courses Appropriate to Physics Majors


Notice that most 3000 and 4000 level physics courses are taught once per year

and alternate between day and evening time slots from year to year.

This schedule is our best estimate and is subject to change.

We donít have control of when the math courses are taught,

but the time slots listed are what they tell us they are planning to do.


Course Descriptions for Physics Courses

Course Descriptions for Astronomy Courses

Course Descriptions for Math Courses

Older Catalogs


Physics Majors Can Get Prerequisite for Math3435 Waived

Math Courses: Physics majors are allowed to take Math3435 and some other upper division math courses

without taking Math3000.See the undergraduate advisor for details.


Important Information if you are on an older catalog

Upper Division Lab Courses: The laboratory courses changed beginning Fall 2009.

All the one credit hour lab courses (Phys3901, 3902, 4010, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4050, 4060 and Astr4010)

areno longer be offered.A new three credit hour courses called Advanced Physics Laboratory (Phys300)

is offered each fall.Students under older catalogs who have not completed their

lab requirements should discuss them with the undergraduate advisor.


Research requirement: Students under the 2009/2010 catalog or later will be required to take a new

three credit hour course called Research Project (Phys4900) which will be offered each spring.

Senior Research (Phys4950) will remain available to those on earlier catalogs or for extending research

beyond the Research Project course.


Learn about the Society of Physics Majors and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society.


GSU Chapter of Society of Physics Students


GSU Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society



Learn more about research at GSU and around the world.


GSU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Schedule


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