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Undergraduate Physics Program

Transfer Plans-Current Semester is Fall

The standard 8-semester display shows the physics courses required for a physics BS degree. Most of the PY major's courses are taught just once per year. These courses build upon one another, forming a fairly inflexible sequence. This page provides some scheduling options for transferring into the PY major's program, and the estimated time to complete a physics BS degree.

Most likely you have taken, or are currently taking, physics courses such as

  • PY205 or the equivalent at another university (calculus-based course with lab, covering mechanics, sound and heat)
  • PY208 or the equivalent at another university (calculus-based course with lab, covering electricity, magnetism and optics)
  • PY407 or the equivalent at another university (modern physics)

These transfer plans depend on which of these courses you have already completed, or will have completed by the end of the current fall semester. You should consider a course to be "completed" only if you have fully mastered the material.


No PY courses completed

OPTION 1: Take PY205H (the honors section of PY205) in the Spring. Then take PY208 in the summer, and PY203 the following fall. Most likely it will take you 3 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you might need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY205H with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.

A downside of option 1 is that PY205H and PY208 will not prepare you for PY203 and the higher level PY courses as well as PY201 and PY202.

OPTION 2: Take no PY courses in the Spring. Take PY201 in the next fall semester. Most likely it will take you 4 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you might need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY201 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.

A downside of option 2 is that, for internal transfer students, the decision to allow you into the PY degree program will not take place for more than 1 year.


Completed PY205 (or equivalent)

You should enroll in PY202 in the Spring. Most likely it will take you 3 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you will need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY202 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.


Completed PY205/208 (or equivalent)

OPTION 1: Take PY202 in the Spring. Most likely it will take you 3 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you will need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY202 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.

Option 1 is recommended if you have not absolutely mastered the material from your previous physics courses. A downside of option 1 is that your PY208 class will not count towards your physics degree requirements.

OPTION 2: Take no PY courses in the Spring. Take PY203 in the next fall semester. Most likely it will take you 3 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you will need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY203 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.

A downside of option 2 is that, for internal transfer students, the decision to allow you into the PY degree program will not take place for more than 1 year.

OPTION 3: Take PY411 and PY407 in the Spring. You will need to take the PY203 lab in the following Fall semester. Most likely it will take you 2 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you will need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY411 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.

A downside of option 3 is that PY411 is a very difficult course. Most students do not pass PY411 unless they have the experience that comes from completing (and mastering) PY203.


Completed PY205/208/407 (or equivalent)

You should enroll in PY411 in the Spring. You should also consider taking PY413 in the Spring. You will need to take the PY203 lab in the next Fall semester. Most likely it will take you 2 years beyond the current school year to finish your PY degree.

If you are an internal transfer student, you will need to contact the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu) to enroll. See the internal transfer requirements. You will need to pass PY411 with a B- or better to enter the PY degree program.