For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-6040
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|Introductory courses (26 credits)|
|CSCI 1012||Introduction to Programming with Python|
|or MAE 1117||Introduction to Engineering Computations|
|PHYS 1021||University Physics I|
|or PHYS 1025||University Physics I with Biological Applications|
|PHYS 1022||University Physics II|
|or PHYS 1026||University Physics II with Biological Applications|
|PHYS 2023||Modern Physics|
|MATH 1231||Single-Variable Calculus I|
|MATH 1232||Single-Variable Calculus II|
|MATH 2233||Multivariable Calculus|
|MATH 2184||Linear Algebra I|
|Advanced courses (46 credits)|
|MATH 3342||Ordinary Differential Equations|
|PHYS 2151W||Intermediate Laboratory I: Techniques and Methods|
|PHYS 2152||Intermediate Laboratory II: Instrumentation|
|PHYS 3100||Math Methods for Physics|
|PHYS 3164||Thermal and Statistical Physics|
|PHYS 3165||Electromagnetic Theory I|
|PHYS 3166||Electromagnetic Theory II|
|PHYS 3167||Principles of Quantum Physics|
|PHYS 3181||Computational Physics|
|PHYS 4195W||Physics Capstone|
|PHYS 4196||Undergraduate Research in Biophysics|
|or PHYS 4197||Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics|
|or ASTR 4195||Undergraduate Research in Astrophysics|
|PHYS 4200||Physics Symposium|
|Three courses (9 credits) in Physics (PHYS) numbered 3000 or above and/or Astronomy (ASTR) numbered 2000 or above.|
In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.
G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.
Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:
- Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
- Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
- Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.
Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:
- Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
- Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
- Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.
Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.
Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.
In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a student must submit for departmental approval an honors thesis based on a two-semester research project. In addition, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in physics courses and 3.5 overall.