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Major Requirements

The physics major at Longwood provides fundamental training in several areas of physics so that graduates may pursue graduate study or careers in research, industry, teaching, or engineering.

Those who wish to major in physics may choose from the following options:

  • traditional physics major for students interested in preparation for graduate work or careers in research, industry, or teaching.
  • pre-medical/biophysics concentration for students interested in preparation for medical school or graduate work in biophysics.
  • pre-engineering for students interested in cooperative engineering programs.

A minimum of 31 semester hours credit in physics is required for all physics majors. Many physics majors elect to double major in both physics and some other discipline. Also, a student majoring in another field may choose to minor in physics. The minor program requires 24 semester hours in physics. No grade below C- in physics courses is accepted for the major or minor in physics.

Students may take a maximum of four credits total in Internship (Biology/Chemistry/Physics 292, 392, 492) and Research (Biology/Chemistry/Physics 496) courses for quality points (A, B, C, and D grades). Beyond four credits, such courses must be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

A student may seek a secondary teaching endorsement in physics. This program consists of courses required for a physics major, and BIOL 121, EASC 300, EDUC 245, 260, 265, 370, 380, 430, 455, 484, 487, SCED 352, SPED 489, and the professional semester consisting of 12 hours in the senior year. If an additional endorsement in biology or chemistry is desired, the student must minor in that discipline and meet all state-mandated core requirements for that endorsement. Interested students should meet with Secondary Science Education faculty for advising on preparation for secondary science teaching.