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Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy's website for undergraduates and prospective students.

On these pages, you will find general information of interest to all students taking or considering taking Physics & Astronomy courses, as well as specific information for Physics majors and students thinking about majoring or minoring in Physics.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers a full array of introductory courses. Your academic advisor will be able to suggest which of these courses will be most suitable for your personal interests and academic requirements. If you would like specific advice from a Physics & Astronomy faculty member, and are not sure whom to ask, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students should consult the Registrar for the latest class schedules.

One of our newest courses, PHY 120 "How Things Work," is aimed at non-science majors with no prior background in Physics, and satisfies UK Core requirements.

The Physics and Astronomy Learning Center, located in room 133 of the Chem-Phys building, is available to all students and is staffed by Physics & Astronomy graduate students who will be happy to answer your questions. It is open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The Science Library, equipped with dozens of computers, offers all students a convenient place to study and at times has discussion rooms available for study groups.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy also offers several scholarships per year for Physics majors and minors. Also, be sure to look into the College of Arts & Sciences scholarships, which can be found here.