Undergraduate programs

The physics department offers a Bachelor of Science, as well as a minor in physics.

Bachelor of Science

This degree lays the foundation to begin your career or to continue your education for a higher degree in graduate school in physics or another field, such as law or medicine. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required.

The program has a high fraction of electives so that in consultation with your advisor, you can tailor a special program that suits your needs. This makes it easy to minor in computer science, mathematics or another field.

Example curriculum

First Semester 
Course Credit
Chem 1310-General Chemistry 4
Chem 1319-General Chemistry 1
Chem 1100-Intro to Lab Safety & Hazardous Materials 1
English 1120-Exposition & Argumentation 3
Math 1208-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I 5
Physics 1101-Introduction to Physics 1
Second Semester 
Course Credit
Chem 1320-General Chemistry 3
Hist (1200, 1300, 1310) or Pol Sc 1200 3
Math 1221-Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
Elective**
2
Physics 1135-General Physics I 4

Total                                   15

Total                                   17
First Semester
Course Credit
English 1160-Writing & Research 3
Math 2222-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III 4
Physics 2135-General Physics II 4
Comp Sc 1970 & 1980 or Comp Sc 1971 & 1981 or Comp Sc 1570 3
Literature Elective 3
Second Semester
Course Credit
Math 3304-Elementary Differential Equations 3
Physics 2311-Modern Physics I 3
Physics 2129-Intermediate Physics Lab 3
Physics 2401-Introduction to Theoretical Physics 3
Social Science Elective 3

Total                                   17

Total                                   15

Once you receive a solid foundation in the basic physics governing the behavior of matter, energy and radiation, you can choose from a number of advanced level courses that satisfy particular interests in modern physics.

First Semester
Course Credit
Physics 3201-Physical Mechanics 3
Physics 3119-Advanced Physics Lab I 3
Physics 3311-Modern Physics II 3
Math/Stat Elective*
3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities 3
Second Semester
Course Credit
Physics 3211-Electricity & Magnetism 3
Physics 3129-Advanced Physics Lab II 3
Math/Stat Elective*
3

Electives**

7

Total                          18

Total                          16
First Semester
Course Credit
Physics 4211-Electricity & Magnetism II 3
Physics 4301-Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
Physics Elective*** (3000 Level) 3
Electives**
6
Second Semester
Course Credit
Physics 4311-Thermal Physics 3
Elective-Hum (3000 Level) 3
Physics Elective*** (3000 Level) 3
Electives**
6

Total                                   15

Total                    15

Minor

This minor is a flexible program with the goal of increasing your breadth and competency in modern or classical physics. As a science student pursuing a physics minor, you might be interested in a deeper understanding of fundamental physical processes. As an engineering student who intends to work in research or advanced development, you can use a physics minor to acquire a thorough knowledge of classical and quantum optics or laser processes. The minor consists of one course in modern physics – either Physics 2305 or 2311 – and 12 additional hours of physics courses at the 2000 level or above. The program will be designed to conform to your individual interests and needs.