Curriculum & Courses

The bachelor of science degree in physics lays the foundation to begin a career or to continue your education for a higher degree in graduate school in physics or other fields, such as law or medicine. The program has a high fraction of electives so that each student, in consultation with their advisor, can tailor a special program which suits their needs. This makes it easy to minor in Computer Science, Mathematics, or other fields. We offer a Five Year Masters Program for students of high achievement, and special programs for enhanced cooperative learning. To prepare in high school for our physics program, you should take as much mathematics, chemistry and physics as possible.

A minimum of 128 hours credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in physics. A student may count no more than two of their required physics and mathematics courses in which a grade of "D" has been earned to meet their degree requirements.

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
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

 

The minor in physics is a flexible program whose goal is to increase the breadth and competency of science and engineering students in modern or classical physics. Science students pursuing the physics minor will be interested in a deeper understanding of fundamental physical processes. Engineering students who intend to work in research or advanced development may use a physics minor to acquire a thorough knowledge of classical and quantum optics or laser processes.
 The physics 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 wii be designed to conform to the individual's interests and needs.

*  Six hours of mathematics or statistics beyond Math 3304 are required. Math 3108, 5222, 5325, or 5351 is recommended.
**  Free electives may be used to develop an emphasis area.
***  In addition to the specific physics courses listed (Physics 3311, 3201, 4311, 4211, 3119, 3129, and 4301), two other physics 2374 level courses are required. Physics 4553, 4203, 4503, 5333, 4513, or 4323 are recommended.

 

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