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Physics BA - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0801 Physics, General)

Becoming a Physics BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All entering first-year and transfer students with an interest in Physics will be listed as "approved" majors. The Department of Physics will monitor student performance jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advising Services. The Department of Physics will determine at appropriate times whether a student should continue in the major based on academic performance, consistent with the current acceptance criteria and advising practice.

Transfer Admission to the Program

All entering first-year and transfer students with an interest in Physics will be listed as "approved" majors. The Department of Physics will monitor student performance jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advising Services. The Department of Physics will determine at appropriate times whether a student should continue in the major based on academic performance, consistent with the current acceptance criteria and advising practice.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Continuing students seeking admission to the Physics majors must still meet the current acceptance criteria.

Suggested 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.

 
Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:06