Physics B.S.P.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
MATH   1113Pre-Calculus 13
or MATH   1441 Calculus I
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major 2
Carryover from Area A2 (1), if either MATH   1113 OR MATH   1441 taken in Area A21
MATH   1441Calculus I1-4
MATH   2242Calculus II4
MATH   2243Calculus III4
PHYS   2211Principles of Physics I4
PHYS   2212Principles of Physics II4
Additional hours in physics, math, computer science or chemistry
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
MATH   3230Ordinary Differential Equations3
Required Physics Courses
PHYS   3536Modern Physics I3
PHYS   3537Modern Physics II3
PHYS   4421Advanced Physics Lab I2
PHYS   4422Advanced Physics Lab II2
PHYS   5151Classical Mechanics5
PHYS   5152Classical E and M Theory5
PHYS   5530Thermal Physics3
PHYS   5557Quantum Mechanics5
Students must complete 5 credit hours of Advisor approved upper level Physics or Astronomy courses.5
Select 24 credit hours of Electives24
Carry over from Area F, if applicable (3)
Carryover from Physics Electives, if applicable (3)
Total Credit Hours126

While Pre-Calculus (MATH   1113) and Calculus I (MATH   1441) are 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area A2. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Area F. 


Students must complete Calculus I (MATH   1441), Calculus II (MATH   2242), and Calculus III (MATH   2243) 

Other Program Requirements

  • No more than 40 credit hours of upper division course work in Physics may count toward the 126 credit hour minimum for graduation.

Honors in Physics

To graduate with Honors in Physics, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • complete 3-credit hours in PHYS 5890H OR ASTR 5890H (in a minimum of two regular semesters);
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


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