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Undergraduate Physics at The Ohio State University
Degrees in Physics at the Ohio State University
There are two types of undergraduate major and one
undergraduate minor in Physics at The Ohio State University.
- The B.S. in Physics:
- This is the degree conferred by the College of Arts
and Sciences. There are 6 options when pursuing a major under this
degree. The options are designed to allow maximum flexibility for
students interested in physics. These options allow a student to use
their physics training for a wide variety of career plans after
graduation including direct employment, pursuit of an advanced degree,
or pursuit of careers in other areas, such as medicine or law.
- Double Major in College of Arts and Sciences
- The double major program offered through the College of Arts and
Sciences requires that each major must contain 30 hours not contained in
the other (i.e. exclusive of that other major) AND the second major must
meet all requirements set by the second major department. A sample
4-year academic schedule for double major in Physics and Astronomy is
provided below. Other double major combinations are possible. See a
college academic counselor for more details.
- The B.S. in Engineering Physics
- This degree is conferred by the
College of Engineering. There is only one curriculum for students
pursuing a major under this degree. The physics and math requirements
for this degree are very similar to those of the B.S. in Physics Option
A. In addition, the College of Engineering requires certain core
courses as well as a coherent set of technical electives in a field of
engineering. In effect, this provides a major in physics with a minor
- Double Major in Engineering Physics
- The College of Engineering does NOT have a double major program.
However, it will offer two B.S. degrees if they are earned
independently. This is interpreted as having 45 hours of approved
courses in the second major over and above any course work done to
satisfy the first major. This raises the graduation total from 193 to
238 hours. It is the student's responsibility to negotiate with the
second department as to what constitutes the extra 45 hours, but it
cannot include courses used to satisfy the technical electives for
Engineering Physics. It is crucial that anyone interested in pursuing a
double major with Engineering Physics contact their academic counselor.
- Minor in Physics
- Students whose career goals lie in directions other than physics or
engineering but have interest in exposure to physics beyond that
provided in the introductory physics courses may be interested in a
Physics Minor. More details on the Physics Minor program can be
found here .