Jun 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Pathway, A.S.

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Physics is the exploration, identification and study of basic principles and laws governing motion, energy, structure and the intersection of matter. These include the unseen forces of gravity, electric and magnetic forces. Physics examines these laws and their influences on society and the world.

Physics helps us understand the world around us. Perimeter College physics classes teach how the laws of physics answer practical questions:

  • What causes you to lose control of your car on a wet road?
  • How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?
  • How do microwaves cook food?
  • Why are the peanuts always near the bottom of the Cracker Jack box?

Physicists use testing and research to develop technology and improvements for society, including alternate energy options, medical equipment such as the MRI and high-resolution telescopes such as the Hubble.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

  • Area A: Essential Skills
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Area E: Social Science


Area A

Required course:

Areas D

Required course:

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  • Students should choose courses appropriate to their intended pathway. Please consult with your academic advisor for additional guidance.
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours)

  • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each four hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.

Select additional elective courses to complete 18 credit hours in Area F