Academic Catalog

Physics Major — B.S.

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

Summary

Physics B.S. Major Requirements65
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 129-41
Electives14-26
Total Credits120

 Degree Requirements

CORE COURSES IN THE DEPARTMENT
PHYS 11001Mathematical and Computational Skills for Physics1
PHYS 11700Principles of Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 11800Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 12000Introductory Applied Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 21400Professional Physics and Astronomy Seminar II1
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 31400Professional Physics and Astronomy Seminar III1
PHYS 36000Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 299XX, 399XX, or 499XXIntroductory, Intermediate, or Advanced Physics Research1.5
ADVANCED COURSEWORK
Advanced coursework tailored to the students’ professional interests. The coursework must be carefully planned with the student's adviser before the end of the student's fourth semester.
Select two of the following:6
Electromagnetism
Classical Mechanics
Thermodynamics
Quantum Mechanics
Advanced courses in physics or astronomy: Six credits in physics or astronomy at the 300-level or above6
PHYSICS CAPSTONE
PHYS 39800Senior Thesis Proposal1
PHYS 49700Senior Thesis I1
PHYS 499XXAdvanced Physics Research1.5
PHYS 49800Senior Thesis II1
COMPUTATIONAL AND MATHEMATICS SKILLS
COMP 17100Principles of Computing Science I4
MATH 11100Calculus I4
MATH 11200Calculus II4
MATH 21100Calculus III4
Total Credits65