Undergraduate Programs

 

We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in either Physics or Astronomy, and Minors in Physics, Astronomy, or Renewable Energy.

The most current program requirements are available in the GMU catalog. Direct links to the appropriate section for each program are below.

George Mason University currently has approximately 100 physics majors.

 

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The BS degree in Physics prepares students for graduate school and careers in education, business, or industry.

If desired, the degree can be earned with a concentration in Applied and Engineering Physics, Astrophysics, or Computational Physics.

Current program requirements (link to the GMU Catalog)

Below are links to sample schedules showing typical four-year progressions through the major. For a personalized plan, please see our advisers.

BS in Physics (without concentration):

Typical schedule, or beginning with PreCalculus, beginning with Calculus II, or for transfer students

BS in Physics with Concentration in Applied and Engineering Physics

Typical schedule, or for transfer students

BS in Physics with Concentration in Computational Physics

Typical schedule, or for transfer students

BS in Physics with Concentration in Astrophysics

If Fall of year 1 is an odd-number year: Typical schedulebeginning with PreCalculus, beginning with Calculus II, or for transfer students

If Fall of year 1 is an even-number year: Typical schedulebeginning with PreCalculus, beginning with Calculus II, or for transfer students

Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

The BS degree in astronomy prepares students for graduate school or one of the many careers in research or teaching positions, or employment in industry, business, or education fields where analytical skills and a scientific background are advantageous.

Current program requirements (link to the GMU Catalog)

Below are sample schedules showing typical progressions through the major. For a personalized plan, please see our advisers.

If Fall of year 1 is an odd-number year: Typical schedulebeginning with PreCalculus, beginning with Calculus II, or for transfer students

If Fall of year 1 is an even-number year: Typical schedulebeginning with PreCalculus, beginning with Calculus II, or for transfer students

Minor in Physics

The minor will expand your understanding of physics beyond the introductory level and help to deepen your understanding of fundamental principles and further develop your analytical skills. The minor will be an attractive option for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Click here for the current program requirements in the GMU Catalog.

Minor in Astronomy

The astronomy minor is suggested for those students who want to increase their knowledge of basic physics and astronomy as it applies to other branches of science or engineering. The minor gives students a qualitative overview of the universe, as well as a more in-depth view of some of the aspects of astrophysics.

A minor in astronomy can be of great value to students majoring in many subjects. It can broaden and deepen students’ understanding of their majors and of the surrounding universe. It can also increase their options for graduate study and employment, and it will enhance their academic record. Although students majoring in fields that are not science or technology related will find the astronomy minor more challenging than those that are, it may be of even greater value for such students because of the expanded career opportunities it can offer.

Click here for the current program requirements in the GMU Catalog.

Minor in Renewable Energy

This college-wide interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy is designed for students considering a career in the field of renewable energy, or as preparation for graduate work in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Renewable energy, as normally understood, includes a variety of methods of energy generation, such as solar, wind, hydro, tidal, and geothermal, as well as energy storage methods and energy conservation. Jobs related to renewable energy lie in a wide range of areas including engineering, business, marketing, finance, installation, software, legal affairs, and research. Projections suggest that employment opportunities in the renewable energy field will increase dramatically in the near future. The Renewable Energy Interdisciplinary Minor is therefore ideally suited for students with majors in engineering, business, and basic science.

Click here for the current program requirements in the GMU Catalog.