Physics B.S.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A – E)42
Area A2 -- Must take MATH   1112, MATH   1113 or MATH   1441 1
Area DII -- Must take MATH   1441 if not taken in Area A2 above
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major 218
Calculus II
Calculus III
Survey of Physics
Principles of Physics I ( if not taken in Area D)
Principles of Physics II (if not taken in Area D)
Additional hours in physics, astronomy, math, computer science or chemistry
Specific Requirements3
Ordinary Differential Equations
Major Requirements31
Modern Physics I
Modern Physics II
Undergraduate Seminar 3
Advanced Physics Lab I
Advanced Physics Lab II
Classical Mechanics
Classical E and M Theory
Thermal Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Major Emphasis9
Select an emphasis area below to complete the Major 4
General Physics
Students must complete 9 additional credit hours, of which 6 credit hours must be upper-division (3000+) ASTR or PHYS coursework.
Students must complete 9 additional credit hours, of which 6 credit hours must be upper-division (3000+) ASTR coursework.
Students must complete 17 additional credit hours in any subject area (Students seeking the Astronomy Emphasis must include the courses below, if not taken in Area D or Area F).
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Astronomy Lab
Carry over from Area F, if applicable (1-2)
Total Credit Hours124

Other Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete the Major Field Test as a departmental exit exam.

Honors in Physics

To graduate with Honors in Physics, a student must:

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


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