Physics, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics is offered with three different options for students to follow: Option I is for the student who intends to go on to graduate school in physics; Option II allows for the degree to to be enhanced by a second discipline; and finally, the Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in education leads to a physics teaching certificate at the secondary-school level. To help the prospective physics majors make optimal decisions, they are encouraged to speak with a departmental adviser as early as possible.

Option I

Introductory Physics and Math Courses
PHYS 1950PHYSICS GATEWAY COURSE1
PHYS 2110
PHYS 1154
GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
5
PHYS 2120
PHYS 1164
GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
5
PHYS 3250MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS 13
MATH 1950CALCULUS I5
MATH 1960CALCULUS II5
MATH 1970CALCULUS III4
Physics Core Courses
PHYS 3450CLASSICAL MECHANICS3
PHYS 3600THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS3
PHYS 3750ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I3
PHYS 3800OPTICS3
PHYS 4200INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS3
Advanced Laboratory
Select three of the following:3
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS II
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS III
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS IV
Senior Project and Physics Electives
In addition to the above requirements, a senior project (1- 3 credits) and two upper level elective physics courses (6 credits) are required for the total of 39 credits. 27-9
Total Credits53-55
1

Students taking a number of 2000-level mathematics courses may be permitted to waive PHYS 3250 or PHYS 3260.

2

Please see more details about the senior project in the “Other Information” portion of the physics section.

Option II

Content will be a modification of the physics requirements for a BA together with a concentration of 20 credit hours in another discipline, as agreed upon by the student and his/her advisor. Examples are pre-medicine, business, computer science, geology. etc.