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Undergraduate Physics Program

Transfer Students

External transfer students are students who transfer to NCSU from another college or university. For external transfers, entrance into the physics program is determined by the University. See undergraduate admissions.

If you transfer to NCSU having completed 2 or fewer semesters of calculus-based physics at your previous institution, it is highly unlikely that you can finish a PY degree in less than 3 academic years.

Internal transfer students are students who are already at NCSU. They want to switch from another major to physics, or add physics as a second major. For internal transfers, entrance into the physics program is determined by the University's CODA (Change of Degree Application) office.

Transferring into the physics program

Transferring into physics requires some planning. At NCSU, the sequence of courses for PY majors begins with PY201, PY202 and PY203. (See the standard 8-semester display.) Most transfer students will have had some calculus-based physics courses that satisfy one or more of these requirements. For example, the NCSU courses PY205 and PY208 can satisfy the PY201 and PY202 course requirements. Likewise, PY407 can replace the lecture portion of PY203. However, if you plan to become a PY major, it is important for you to start taking the PY major's courses as soon as possible. The major's courses PY201/202/203 are more rigorous and more in-depth than PY205/208/407. The longer you wait to merge into the PY major's sequence of courses, the more difficulty you will have with the upper-level physics courses.

As a transfer student, your course schedule will depend on the number of calculus-based physics courses you have already mastered, and the current time of year. The links below spell out the possibilities, based on the current semester.

  • Fall semester (it's too late to change your schedule for fall, but spring semester has not yet begun)
  • Spring semester or summer (it's too late to change your schedule for spring, but fall semester has not yet begun)