Dec 02, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in physics is designed for those who plan to study physics in graduate school, who wish to pursue another technical field at the graduate level, or who wish to pursue a technical career in industry. The degree requires 42 credit hours in physics or astronomy courses (plus 24 hours of additional required courses in related fields). General graduation requirements include 45 hours of 300- or 400-level courses, so students seeking the Bachelor of Science in physics need to take at least eight hours of 300- or 400-level courses in addition to the courses required for the degree. Students should choose these courses in consultation with their advisor, but additional elective courses in physics, computer science, or mathematics are highly recommended. A minor in mathematics is recommended for students seeking the Bachelor of Science in physics. This will require 2 3-credit-hour courses beyond those required for the physics degree. Suggested courses include “ MAT 330 Classical Applied Analysis (3 credits) / PHY 330 Mathematical Physics (3 credits) ,” “ MAT 234 Linear Algebra (3 credits) ,” “ MAT 360 Numerical Analysis (3 credits) ,” and “ MAT 430 Complex Variables (3 credits) .” The computing course “ CSC 270 Mathematics Software Programming (3 credits) ” can also be included in a mathematics minor.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

NOTE: A student successfully completing “ MAT 330 Classical Applied Analysis (3 credits) ,” which is cross-listed as “ PHY 330 Mathematical Physics (3 credits) ” receives credit toward the physics major and the minor in mathematics.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

Degree Requirements (76 credits)

Select two 300/400-level PHY or AST course (6 credits)


*A C- or better is required to proceed to the next-level physics course.

**” PHY 330 Mathematical Physics (3 credits) ” and “ PHY 420 Modern Physics II (3 credits) ” are recommended for students planning to pursue graduate work in physics.

***” MAT 128 Calculus A - QR (3 credits) ,” “ MAT 227 Calculus B (3 credits) ,” and “ MAT 228 Calculus C (3 credits) ” can be taken instead of “MAT 129 Calculus I - QR (4 credits) ” and “ MAT 229 Calculus II (5 credits) .”