2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The physics major requirements include 64-68 credits in physics, chemistry, computer and information systems, and mathematics. The physics major can lead to either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Physics Major Requirements

Core Courses

BIOL 110General Biology I

4

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

4

 

CIST 210Programming and Data Structures I

3

OR

Introductory Scientific Programming

3

 

ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering

3

ENGR 201Principles of Engineering

2

ENGR 230Electrical Circuits

3

ENGR 250Statics

3

ENGR 260Dynamics

3

ENGR 301Engineering Design

3

MATH 115Calculus I

4

MATH 116Calculus II

4

MATH 217Multivariable Calculus

3

MATH 218Differential Equations

3

MATH 304Applied Mathematics

4

PHYS 200University Physics I

4

PHYS 210University Physics II

4

PHYS 220University Physics III

4

PHYS 311Electricity And Magnetism

3

PHYS 321Thermal and Statistical Physics

4

PHYS 324Quantum Mechanics

4

PHYS 401Senior Research I

3

PHYS 403Advanced Physics Lab

3

PHYS 405Practicum

4

PHYS 409Seminar in Physics

2

PHYS 405: Practica credit is required only for students pursuing a B.S. degree. Those wishing to receive a B.A. degree are not obligated to take a practicum credit.
PHYSICS REQUIREMENTS AT A GLANCE
Type of Credit Required Credits (For B.A.) Required Credits (For B.S.)
General Education* 51 45
Major 64 68
Elective 11 13
Total Credits to Earn Degree 126 126
*Based on students arriving as first time freshmen. Some general education requirements are met through required major courses. This reduces the number of required general education credits.