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Degree Options

Bachelor's Degree Options & Requirements

Prepare for a myriad of career options—physics, computer science, teaching, medicine, law—with a major in physics through the College of Arts and Sciences. Or earn graduate credit through the Five-Year BS/MS program. If you're interested in teaching, the VolsTeach program allows you to earn your bachelor's in physics and your teaching certification simultaneously.

The Physics Major

The undergraduate physics major provides a thorough introduction to all core areas of physics. Students must meet requirements from the College of Arts and Sciences and may choose from one of three concentrations: academic, astronomy, or general. We also offer minors in physics and astronomy, as well as honors concentrations.

Honors Concentrations

Students who complete all requirements for the academic, applied, or astronomy concentrations will be awarded a degree with honors if their cumulative GPA is at least 3.25, their GPA in 300- and 400-level mathematics and physics courses is at least 3.5, they complete a minimum of 12 hours in honors courses, and they complete a written senior thesis reporting results of research conducted under faculty supervision and defended before a committee of three physics faculty members. A minimum of 3 credit hours of Physics 493: Research and Independent Study is required.


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