BA/BS Major in Physics

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Physics

Additional Graduation Requirements

General Education Component
Area I (Written Composition)6
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts) 112
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics)11
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences)12
Area V
Major Core Requirements in Physics
PH 251
PH 252
Technical Physics I
and Technical Physics II 2
10
PH 343Modern Physics4
Major Concentration Requirements
Select one of the following Options:
Minor
Option I: Professional Physics
A minor is not required for Option I.
Option II: General Physics
A minor, second major or second degree is required for Option II
Option III: Geophysics
A second major or a second degree in an approved area is required for Option III
Option IV: General Science
A second major or a second degree in an approved area is required for Option IV
General Electives
If required, to bring total in each option to 120.
Total Hours120
1

For BA degree, select 6 hours of a required foreign language at the introductory level.

2

Fulfills computer literacy requirement for Option III

Concentration Options

Option l: Professional Physics 

PH 356WIntermediate Laboratory 14
PH 444Quantum Mechanics3
PH 447Electricity and Magnetism3
PH 448Electromagnetic Fields3
PH 456Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PH 471Classical Dynamics3
PH 495Directed Research1-3
PH 498Senior Assessment Seminar1
Select 9 hours from the following courses:9
Topics in Physics 2
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Topics in Physics
Prescribed Supporting Courses
MA 125Calculus I 24
MA 126Calculus II 24
MA 227Calculus III 24
MA 355Differential Equations3
CS 155Computer Science I4
CS 255Computer Science II3
Total Hours 439-51
1

Fulfills Computer Literacy Requirement

2

These courses are required in the major field if not completed as a part of the General Education component.

Option II: General Physics

PH 356WIntermediate Laboratory 14
PH 447Electricity and Magnetism3
PH 471Classical Dynamics3
PH 495Directed Research1-3
PH 498Senior Assessment Seminar1
Select twelve credits of Physics Electives at the 300-400 level12
Prescribed Supporting Courses
MA 125Calculus I 24
MA 126Calculus II 24
MA 227Calculus III 24
MA 355Differential Equations3
CS 155Computer Science I4
CS 255Computer Science II3
Total Hours 435-47
1

Fulfills computer literacy requirement for Option III

2

These courses are required in the major field if not completed as a part of the General Education component.

Option III: Geophysics

ES 131Earth Science/Physical Geology4
ES 350Introduction to Geophysics4
ES 365Data Analysis in Geophysics3
ES 410Tectonics3
ES 420Seismology4
ES 495Directed Research2
PH 356WIntermediate Laboratory 14
PH 447Electricity and Magnetism3
PH 471Classical Dynamics3
PH 498Senior Assessment Seminar1
Select three hours of Physics Electives (300-400 level)3
Prescribed Supporting Courses
MA 125Calculus I 24
MA 126Calculus II 24
MA 227Calculus III 24
MA 355Differential Equations3
CS 155Computer Science I4
CS 255Computer Science II3
Total Hours 443-55
1

Fulfill computer literacy requirement for student’s enrolled Option

2

This course is required in the major field if not completed as a part of the General Education component

Option IV: General Science1

BI 111Principles of Biology4
BI 112Principles of Biology4
BI 305Cell Biology4
BI 306Genetics4
CH 111
111L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CH 112
112L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CH 311
311L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CS 135Computer Skills for Problem-Solving (or higher) 23
ES 131Earth Science/Physical Geology4
ES 132Historical Geology4
MA 125Calculus I4
MA 126Calculus II4
PH 251Technical Physics I5
PH 252Technical Physics II5
PH 343Modern Physics4
Select one course from the following:3-4
Microbiology
Evolution
Ecology
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Mineralogy
Descriptive Astronomy
Intermediate Laboratory 3
Select one course with accompanying lab from the following:4-5
Quantitative Analysis
Instrumental Analysis 3
Applied Physical Chemistry
Select one course from the following:3-4
Meteorology
Technology and the Environment
Structural Geology
Paleobiology 3
Total Hours 472-75
1

Option IV requires a second major or a second degree in an approved area.

2

Fulfills computer literacy requirement for student’s enrolled option

3

These courses are required in the major if not completed as part of the General Education component

4

A laboratory is included in science courses that carry 4-5 credit hours (Physics and Earth Science Department).