OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Physics
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum number of credits required to complete the major: BA 38; BS 55 (plus requirements in related disciplines)
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: Physics courses require a C- or better to satisfy a prerequisite.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the major field that are credited toward the major.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: PHY 400 and PHY 481 or PHY 400 and PHY 482. HON 498/ 499 are exempt from taking PHY481 (Project Laboratory in Physics I) and PHY482 (Project Laboratory in Physics II) but do have to complete the project assignments in those courses. Honors thesis proposal form must have the signature of the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: PHY 364 and PHY 365
Residency requirement: Majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences require a minimum of 15 institutional credits in the major.
Contact Information: John Thompson, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 120 Bennett Hall, (207) 581-1039, firstname.lastname@example.org
The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences page of the catalog.
For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, program learning outcomes, internships, special resources and programs, and research and career opportunities, see our web site at https://physics.umaine.edu/.
Information about the Physics major
- The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics in the College of Engineering. This BS degree is designed for students who are interested in both a particular engineering field and the physics and mathematics that provide a foundation for that field. This program is described under Engineering Physics in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.
- Physics and Cooperative Education
- Physics majors in good standing who have completed 18 credits in physics may participate in the Cooperative Education Program. Cooperative Education is the integration of practical work experience, obtained through specific periods of employment in industry, business, or government, into the on-campus classroom and laboratory course curriculum. A student in the Cooperative Education Program works as a paid employee in a professional environment at a job selected by mutual agreement with the student, employer, and the Cooperative Education Coordinator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Academic credit is received through enrollment in PHY 496, Field Experience in Physics.