Acceptance Criteria - Physics BA with Teaching of Science Concentrations: Minimum GPA of 2.0 in MTH 141-MTH 142 and PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118,
preferred), PHY 158. Department of Learning and Instruction (LAI) also requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall for admission.
Acceptance Criteria - Other Physics Programs: The Department of Physics participates in joint majors in Computational Physics and Engineering Physics. There is also a 5-year BS in Computational Physics/MS
in Physics program. For the acceptance criteria, see the Computational Physics and Engineering Physics entries.
Acceptance Information In order to be accepted into any of the undergraduate degree programs students should contact the Undergraduate Director, Professor John Cerne, 128 Fronczak Hall, 716-645-2542,
email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no application deadlines. Each year about 15-20 students are accepted into one of the undergraduate degree programs. At present there are about
55 majors in the BS and BA programs in physics and another 30-35 in the interdisciplinary programs (Computational Physics, Engineering Physics, Mathematical Physics).
The department offers lecture courses, lecture/lab courses, and lab courses, as well as courses offering Independent Study and Undergraduate Research. The courses taken by just physics majors typically have 15 to 25 students in them. TA's are only used
as recitation or lab instructors in the introductory courses. Students interested in pursuing a degree in physics should begin by taking MTH 141-
MTH 142 and PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117-
PHY 118, preferred) and PHY 158 or equivalent honors courses. This is particularly important for PHY 107 and PHY 108, which have PHY 117 and PHY 118 as their equivalent honors
courses, and are designed to benefit physics majors and strong engineering students.
The faculty is comprised of approximately equal number of theorists and experimentalists. Faculty are involved in all areas of physics including condensed matter physics, biophysics, high energy physics, and astrophysics/cosmology.
Six faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, nine are Fellows of the American Physical Society, eight have won National Science Foundation Career Awards, and five
are SUNY Distinguished Professors.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor John Cerne who can be contacted at email@example.com, 716-645-2542 or 128 Fronczak Hall.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Undergraduate physics majors regularly become involved in the research activities of the department. This can involve independent study, part-time employment, and/or full-time employment during the summer.
To graduate with departmental honors, a student must excel in coursework and complete a senior thesis. The designations given below are awarded to students who have the corresponding GPAs in courses required
for the Department of Physics degree programs and who have completed a senior thesis:
Honors 3.25 High honors 3.50 Highest honors 3.75
Outstanding Senior Award Each year the Department of Physics chooses an outstanding senior. This student receives a certificate and a monetary award from the department, and also receives a College of Arts
and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Senior Award.
Sekula Scholarship Each year the department awards up to seven scholarships to undergraduate physics majors. This award is based on merit, as well as financial need.
National Scholarships The Department of Physics encourages and supports student applications for prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, such as offered by the Goldwater, Fulbright and National
Science Foundation programs. Please check http://www.fellowships.buffalo.edu/ for more information on national scholarships.
Undergraduate Physics Club
This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers and workshops, and organizes open houses and social activities. For more information, call 716-645-2017. Students in the
club also belong to the Society of Physics Students (SPS) which is affiliated with the American Physical Society. Within SPS, students with
a GPA above 3.5 are eligible for election to the UB Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society.