Requirements for a Major in Physics
(Effective Fall 2008)
The physics and astronomy program offers a curriculum covering the entire range of physical laws that govern the behavior of particles, fields and matter, from microscopic to cosmic distances and from very low to very high energies. For this reason, most physics majors do not pursue a field of specialization at the undergraduate level, but become broadly educated through an in-depth set of core courses. You can obtain either a B.S. or a B.A. degree in physics.
In addition to a broad education in the laws of physics, you will develop laboratory skills in our state-of-the-art labs. You will also acquire a strong mathematical background (many physics students have dual majors in physics and mathematics) and a familiarity with computers.
To major in physics and astronomy, you should take as many high school math courses as possible, including algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus, so that you will be prepared to take calculus during your first semester at UNL. Taking calculus in high school will, of course, advance your preparation even further. You should also take high school physics and chemistry courses and gain as much experience as you can in laboratory work.
Consult with your Undergraduate Advisor to plan your program.