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    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics and a concentration in Nuclear Science

Program Overview

In addition to a broad preparation in physics, the nuclear science concentration of the BS physics degree provides students with a thorough introduction to the basic properties of the nucleus, nuclear decay, radiation properties and applications of each of these topics.  Radiation detection and measurements are explored in the nuclear laboratory course.  Upon completion of Calculus I, students are ready to begin the 2-semester introductory physics coursework.  The advanced physics coursework is completed in the junior and senior years.  The 3 nuclear courses are currently taught every year, while most of the other advanced courses are every other year.  This allows juniors and seniors to take many of their courses together.  Local and regional nuclear industry provides numerous employment opportunities.  Many nuclear students complete internships with Savannah River National Laboratory and physics majors often participate in undergraduate research projects and present their work at professional meetings.  The physics faculty work closely with the majors to advise and mentor them through the program.  The nuclear science concentration includes three specialized nuclear science courses, an intro course in fall plus an applications course and measurements lab in the spring.

Program Contact
Dr. Thomas Colbert
Admissions Information

For more information on admissions requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

Progression & Graduation Requirements
  • Satisfactory Physics Oral Exam departmental requirement
  • Satisfactory completion of the Exit Exam
  • Courses marked with an asterisk are recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in health physics. 
Program Information
Program Length: 4 Years
CIP Code: 40.0801
Program Code: 1BS-PHYSICS
Major Code: PHCS
Concentration Code: NUCR

Core Areas A - E: 42 Hours

For more information on Core Curriculum Areas A-E, see Core Requirements .

Free Electives: 10-18 Hours

Wellness Graduation Requirement: 4 Hours

Students who transfer to Augusta University with less than 60 credit hours must complete the Wellness Requirement.

Total Hours for the Degree: 124 Hours