For Incoming Students

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian. As an incoming student, the pages linked to on the left will lead you to important information, particularly about who to see for advising and the available programs within the department. Please look them over as you have time.

It is critical is that you start off with the right classes - many of the courses in physics and astronomy have others as prerequisites, so they have to be taken in the proper order, especially if you want to graduate on time. Below are a set of sample first-year schedules - one for students who are ready to take calculus their first semester, another for those who are in pre-calculus their first semester, and the last is for those interested in pre-engineering.

Physics

For students taking calculus their first semester**

Fall

Spring

PHY 1150 (Analytical Physics I – Majors section) 5 cr.

PHY 1151 (Analytical Physics II – Majors section) 5 cr.

MAT 1110*, (Calculus I) 4 cr.

MAT 1120, (Calculus II) 4 cr.

RC 1000, (English I) 3 cr.

UCO 1200, (First Year Seminar) 3 cr.

Optional: Gen Ed 3 cr. -or- AST 1001*** (Intro  Astronomy I) 4 cr.

Optional: Gen Ed 3 cr. -or- AST 1002*** (Intro Astronomy II) 4 cr.

 

For students taking pre-calculus their first semester**

Fall

Spring

PHY 1103 (General Physics I) 4 cr.

PHY 1104 (Gen Phys. II) 4 cr. -or- PHY 1151 (Analyt. Phys. II – with departmental permission) 5 cr.

MAT 1025, (pre-calculus) 4 cr.

MAT 1110*, (Calculus I) 4 cr.

RC 1000, (English I) 3 cr.

UCO 1200, (First Year Seminar) 3 cr.

Optional: Gen Ed 3 cr. -or- AST 1001*** (Intro Astronomy I) 4 cr.

Optional: Gen Ed 3 cr. -or- AST 1002*** (Intro Astronomy II) 4 cr.

* If you are nervous or feel slightly underprepared for calculus I, the math department offers a 1 cr. calculus support class that students should consider co-registering for.

** It is crucial that students are able to enroll in calculus III their third semester (as this is a co-requisite to the PHY 2010 required course). This means that if students are not calculus ready Fall of their first year, they must take calculus over the summer. Students that cannot enroll in calculus three their 3rd semester might graduate 1-2 semesters late.

 ***required for Astronomy emphasis


Accelerated Admissions Program:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an accelerated admissions program which allows high-achieving seniors to take graduate level courses their senior year. These courses can double count for both the undergraduate BS Physics degree and the graduate MS Engineering Physics degree. Students in this program need only one additional year past the bachelors to earn their master’s degree.


For students interested in pre-engineering (transferring to an engineering school after 1st or 2nd year)

Fall

Spring

PHY 1150**** (Analytical Physics I – Majors section) 5 cr.

PHY 1151**** (Analytical Physics II – Majors section) 5 cr.

MAT 1110*, (Calculus I) 4 cr.

MAT 1120, (Calculus II) 4 cr.

RC 1000, (English I) 3 cr.

RC 2001, (English II) 3 cr.

UCO 1200, (First Year Sem., Inspired Engineer suggested) 3 cr.

CHE 1101/1110, (Intro Chem I, lecture/lab) 4 cr.

****Please note that PHY 1103 and PHY 1104 will not transfer for engineering programs. If students are not calculus ready their first year, they should wait to take PHY 1150 and PHY 1151 until they are in calculus.


All Engineering Programs have different requirements. It is suggested that students contact the specific engineering school they are interested in to determine the courses that will make them the most competitive. As of 10/04/2018, these were the requirements for transfers students for all NC Engineering Schools.

To transfer to NC State: 30 credit hours required, 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (minimum), minimum 4 credit hours of English composition; college chemistry with one lab; calculus I; calculus II; minimum 2.5 math GPA on last two math classes; PHY 1150

To transfer to UNC – Charlotte: 24 transferable semester hours, minimum 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA (3.0 or higher for mechanical engineering) and completion of pre-calculus.

To transfer to NC A&T: 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, students must complete calculus 1 with a minimum grade of C or higher

To transfer to ECU: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (minimum), completion of Calculus 1 with a C or higher, RC 1000 and RC 2001, CHEM 1101/1110

To transfer to Western: six credit hours of English. Math, Science, Social Science and/or Foreign Language. A different suggested schedule than the one above may be needed, please contact the department.


Dual Degree Programs: The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a dual degree program. Students who graduate from these programs receive a B.S. from Appalachian and a B.S. from the partner school. Students should contact Ms. Carla Ramsdell ramsdellcs@appstate.edu or the Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer Burris burrisjl@appstate.edu, for more information about pre-engineering and dual degree information.