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Bachelor of Science in Physics

(Please note we have recently added a 5-year B.S./M.S. program in our department which you can
qualify for duing your Junior year.  Visit the Graduate Program pages here to learn more details.)

Minimum credit hours required 120
In meeting the General Education Core Curriculum, physics majors must choose PHYS 121 and 122. In addition, the following courses are required:

PHYS 221 (4), 221L (1), 222 (4), 222L (1), 241(3), 242(3), 321(3), 333(3), 334(3), 336L(1), 340(3), 380(1), 411(3), 443(3), 451(2)
MATH 231(4), 254(3), 332(3), 335(3), 336(3), and three hours of approved upper-division courses

Eight (8) hours (with associated labs) from the disciplines of Biology, Earth Science, Enginnering, Computer Science, or PHYS 189 (Intro. Astronomy or Intro. to Sustainability).  No fewer than 8 credits are required in lecture/lab pairs.  If a lecture/lab pair is taken worth fewer than 4 credits, than more than two pairs will need to be taken to satisfy the requirement.

Language — 6 hours
Electives to complete 120 credit hours; in some instances, additional elective credit hours may be desired.

Sample Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Physics — Updating the sample in progress!!


Semester 1
5 PHYS 221 & 221L (general)
4 MATH 131 (calculus)
4 CHEM 121 & 121L (general)
3 ENGL 111 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 2
5 PHYS 222& 222L (general)
4 MATH 132 (calculus)
4 CHEM 122 & 122L (general)
3 ENGL 112 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 3
3 PHYS 241 (computational)
4 MATH 231 (calculus)
3 Social Science
3 Electives
3 Language
16 Total credit hours

Semester 4
4 PHYS 242 (waves)
3 MATH 332 (vector analysis)
3 MATH 335 (ordinary differential equations)
3 Humanities
3 Language
2 Electives
18 Total credit hours

Semester 5
3 PHYS 321 (mechanics)
3 PHYS 333 (electricity & magnetism)
3 MATH 254 (linear algebra)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
3 ENGL 341 (technical writing)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 6
3 PHYS 334 (radiation and optics)
1 PHYS 336L (electrical & magnetic measurements lab)
3 PHYS 340 (quantum theory)
1 PHYS 380 (practicum in problem solving)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
3 Social Science
1 Electives
16 Total credit hours

Semester 7
3 PHYS 411 (thermodynamics)
3 PHYS 443 (atomic and nuclear)
3 MATH 336 (applied analysis)
3 Humanities
3 Social Science
3 Electives
18 Total credit hours

Semester 8
2 PHYS 451 (senior lab)
3 Humanities/Social Science
6 Electives
3 MATH 382 (probability & statistics)
14 Total credit hours

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Astrophysics Option

Minimum credit hours required 132
In meeting the General Education Core Curriculum, physics majors must choose PHYS 121 and 122. Requirements include the courses listed above for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and the following courses:
PHYS 325(3), 326(3), 327L(1), 328L(1), 425(3), 426(3)
Sample Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Astrophysics Option — Update in progress!!

Semester 1
5 PHYS 221 & 221L (general)
4 MATH 131 (calculus)
4 CHEM 121 & 121L (general)
3 ENGL 111 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 2
5 PHYS 222& 222L (general)
4 MATH 132 (calculus)
4 CHEM 122 & 122L (general)
3 ENGL 112 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 3
3 PHYS 241 (computational)
4 MATH 231 (calculus)
3 Social Science
3 Language
1 Elective
14 Total credit hours

Semester 4
4 PHYS 242 (waves)
3 MATH 332 (vector analysis)
3 MATH 335 (ordinary differential equations)
3 Humanities
3 Language
16 Total credit hours

Semester 5
3 PHYS 321 (mechanics)
4 PHYS 325 & 327L (astrophysics)
3 PHYS 333 (electricity & magnetism)
3 MATH 254 (linear algebra)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
17 Total credit hours

Semester 6
4 PHYS 326 & 328L (astrophysics)
3 PHYS 334 (radiation and optics)
1 PHYS 336L (electrical & magnetic measurements lab)
3 PHYS 340 (quantum theory)
1 PHYS 380 (practicum in problem solving)
3 Humanities
3 Social Science
18 Total credit hours

Semester 7
3 PHYS 411 (thermodynamics)
3 PHYS 425 (advanced astrophysics)
3 PHYS 443 (atomic and nuclear)
3 MATH 336 (intro partial differential equations)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
16 Total credit hours

Semester 8
3 PHYS 426 (advanced astrophysics)
2 PHYS 451 (senior lab)
3 MATH 382 (probability & statistics)
3 ENGL 341 (technical writing)
3 Social Science
3 Humanities/Social Science
17 Total credit hours

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Atmospheric Physics Option

Minimum credit hours required 130
In meeting the General Education Core Curriculum, physics majors must choose PHYS 121 and 122. Requirements include the courses listed above for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and the following courses:

PHYS 427(3), 428(3), 432(3), 433(3)

Note: PHYS 427, 428, and 432 are offered in alternate years.
Students may take either of the following two sequences:
1. Junior year: PHYS 427 (fall); PHYS 428 (spring)
Senior year: PHYS 432 (fall); PHYS 433 (spring)
2. Junior year: PHYS 432 (fall)
Senior year: PHYS 427 (fall), PHYS 428, PHYS 433 (spring)
Sample Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Atmospheric Physics Option (Sequence 1) — Update in progress!!

Semester 1
5 PHYS 221 & 221L (general)
3 ENGL 111 (college English)
4 CHEM 121 & 121L (general)
4 MATH 131 (calculus)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 2
5 PHYS 222 & 222L (general)
3 ENGL 112 (college English)
4 CHEM 122 & 122L (general)
4 MATH 132 (calculus)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 3
3 PHYS 241 (computational)
4 MATH 231 (calculus)
3 ENGL 341 (technical writing)
3 Social Science
3 Language
16 Total credit hours

Semester 4
4 PHYS 242 (waves)
3 MATH 332 (vectors)
3 MATH 335 (ordinary differential equations)
3 Humanities
3 Language
16 Total credit hours

Semester 5
3 PHYS 321 (mechanics)
3 PHYS 331 (weather and climate)
3 PHYS 333 (electricity and magnetism)
3 MATH 254 (linear algebra)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
16 Total credit hours

Semester 6
3 PHYS 332 (weather and climate)
3 PHYS 334 (radiation/optics)
1 PHYS 336L (electricity and magnetism lab)
3 PHYS 340 (quantum)
1 PHYS 380 (practicum in problem solving)
3 Humanities
3 Social Science
17 Total credit hours

Semester 7
3 PHYS 411 (thermodynamics)
3 PHYS 432 (atmospheric remote sensing)
3 PHYS 443 (atomic and nuclear)
3 MATH 336 (intro partial differential equations)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with lab
16 Total credit hours

Semester 8
3 PHYS 433 (special atmospheric problems)
2 PHYS 451L (senior lab)
3 MATH 438 (partial differential equations)
3 Humanities/Social Science
3 Social Science
3 Electives
17 Total credit hours

Sample Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Atmospheric Physics Option (Sequence 2)
Semester 1 through 4 are the same as for Sequence 1

Semester 5
3 PHYS 321 (mechanics)
3 PHYS 333 (electricity and magnetism)
3 MATH 254 (linear algebra)
3 PHYS 432 (atmospheric remote sensing)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with Lab
16 Total credit hours

Semester 6
3 PHYS 334 (radiation/optics)
1 PHYS 336L (electricity and magnetism lab)
3 PHYS 340 (quantum)
1 PHYS 380 (practicum in problem solving)
3 Humanities
3 Social Science
3 Electives
17 Total credit hours

Semester 7
3 PHYS 331 (weather and climate)
3 PHYS 411 (thermodynamics)
3 PHYS 443 (atomic and nuclear)
3 MATH 336 (intro partial differential equations)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with Lab
16 Total credit hours

Semester 8
3 PHYS 332 (weather and climate)
3 PHYS 433 (special atmospheric problems)
2 PHYS 451 (senior lab)
3 MATH 438 (partial differential equations)
3 Humanities/Social Science
3 Social Science
17 Total credit hours

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Computer Science Option

Minimum credit hours required 131
In meeting the General Education Core Curriculum, physics majors must choose PHYS 221 and 222. Requirements include the courses listed above for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and the following courses:
CSE 113(4), 122(3), 221(3)
An additional six (6) hours of CSE courses numbered 300 or higher
Two particularly interesting sequences are:
1. CSE 344 and 451
2. CSE 410 and 411
Sample Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Computer Science Option

Semester 1
5 PHYS 221 & 221L (general)
4 MATH 131 (calculus)
4 CSE 113 (computer science)
3 ENGL 111 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 2
5 PHYS 222 & 222L (general)
4 MATH 132 (calculus)
3 CSE 122 (algorithms and data structures)
4 CHEM 121 & 121L (general)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 3
3 PHYS 241 (computational)
4 MATH 231 (calculus)
3 CSE 221 (system organization)
4 CHEM 122 & 122L (general)
3 Social Science
17 Total credit hours

Semester 4
4 PHYS 242 (waves)
3 MATH 332 (vector analysis)
3 MATH 335 (ordinary differential equations)
3 MATH 352 (basic concepts)
3 ENGL 112 (college English)
16 Total credit hours

Semester 5
3 PHYS 321 (mechanics)
3 PHYS 333 (electricity & magnetism)
3 MATH 254 (linear algebra)
3 CS 344 (design and analysis of algorithms)
3 ENGL 341 (technical writing)
15 Total credit hours

Semester 6
3 PHYS 334 (radiation and optics)
1 PHYS 336L (electrical & magnetic measurements lab)
3 PHYS 340 (quantum theory)
1 PHYS 380 (practicum in problem solving)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with Lab
3 Humanities
15 Total credit hours

Semester 7
3 PHYS 411 (thermodynamics)
3 PHYS 443 (atomic and nuclear)
3 MATH 336 (intro partial differential equations)
3 CSE 451 (parallel processing)
3 Humanities/Social Science
3 Language
18 Total credit hours

Semester 8
2 PHYS 451 (senior lab)
4 Biology/Earth Science/Engineering with Lab
3 Humanities
6 Social Science
3 Language
18 Total credit hours

Minor in Physics

Minimum credit hours required 19
PHYS 241(3), 242(4)
Three of the following courses: PHYS 321(3), 333(3), 334(3), 340 (3)
Three (3) additional hours of upper-division physics