Physics Major — B.S.

The B.S. major in physics provides a rigorous course of study in physics for the student as a preparation for graduate school or highly technical jobs in industry.

Summary

Physics B.S. Major Requirements68-70
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 129-41
Electives11-23
Total Credits120
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See Integrative Core Curriculum requirements, with information about the H&S CLA requirement.

 Degree Requirements

CORE COURSES IN THE DEPARTMENT
PHYS 11700Principles of Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 11800Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 12000Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 21700Principles of Physics III: Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics4
PHYS 21800Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics4
PHYS 22500DC and AC Circuits3
PHYS 30100Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 30500Electromagnetism3
PHYS 31100Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 32000Thermodynamics3
PHYS 36000Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 42100Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 48900Review of Undergraduate Physics1
PHYS 299xx, 399xx, or 499xxIntroductory, Intermediate, or Advanced Physics Research2
Select one of the following:3
Astrophysics
Analog Electronics
Selected Topics in Advanced Physics
PHYSICS CAPSTONE
Select one of the following options:3-5
Option I
Senior Project
Option II
A minimum of 135 hours of research devoted to Senior Thesis project
Senior Thesis Proposal
Senior Thesis I
Senior Thesis II
PHYS 499xx
Advanced Physics Resaearch
COURSES OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT
MATH 11100Calculus I4
MATH 11200Calculus II4
MATH 21100Calculus III4
MATH 21200Calculus IV3
COMP 17100Principles of Computing Science I4
Total Credits68-70