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.

To obtain a B.S. with a major in Physics, a student must fulfill university, college, and departmental requirements. Hour requirements follow:

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses

    Most commonly, Physics majors do not complete 46 hours of coursework solely for the purpose of meeting University General Education requirements.  Instead, they often test out of at least three hours of fundamental academic skills, take courses that meet both the six hours of diversity requirements and six hours of distribution requirements, and meet 4 hours of the natural sciences distribution requirement through completing major courses.  In such cases, the number of credit hours taken solely to meet General Education requirements is reduced to 33 or fewer.  

  • 12-19 hours college breadth requirement

  • 50-52 hours of major courses

  • 0-9 hours of electives

TOTAL HOURS: 120

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 2130MODERN PHYSICS4
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
PHYS 3504EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I1
Select one of the following:1
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. 27-9
Total Credits56-58

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.