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Bachelor of Science in Physics

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Requirements for the B.S. Degree in Physics

2 different options are available for the physics B.S. curriculum. The pre-professional emphasis offers a rigorous curriculum suitable for students planning on graduate study in physics or a closely related field; the interdisciplinary option provides more flexibility for students interested in developing some expertise in an allied science discipline.

General Requirements

  • EECS 138 Introduction to Computing: FORTRAN or C++ (3) or
    EECS 168 Programming I (4)
  • English: Satisfaction of B.A. requirements. If requirements can be satisfied in fewer than 9 hours, the remaining hours become free electives. (ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing is accepted as the third English course.) (9)
  • Western civilization (6)
  • Humanities: 2 courses including at least one principal course (6)
  • Social sciences: 2 courses including at least one principal course (6)

Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation. Approximately 5 free elective hours must be taken at the junior/senior level to fulfill the requirement of 45 junior/senior hours.

Foundational Physics and Mathematics 23.5 hours
Advanced Mathematics 11 hours
Advanced Physics Core for Both B.S. Emphases 24 hours
  • PHSX 313 General Physics III (3) and
    PHSX 316 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I (1)
  • PHSX 511 Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PHSX 516 Physical Measurements (4) or
    PHSX 536 Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design (4)
  • PHSX 521 Mechanics I (3)
  • PHSX 531 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
  • PHSX 671 Thermal Physics (3)
  • PHSX 503 Undergraduate Research (1) or
    PHSX 501 Honors Research (1)
  • PHSX elective (3) (any PHSX lecture or laboratory course numbered 500 or higher and not part of the other specific requirements for the major)
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Preprofessional Emphasis

Students also take 13 credit hours in physics as follows:

  • PHSX 621 Mechanics II (3)
  • PHSX 631 Electromagnetic Theory (3)
  • PHSX 711 Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PHSX 516 Physical Measurements (4) or
    PHSX 536 Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design (4) (Preprofessional emphasis students take both advanced laboratory courses)
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Interdisciplinary Option

Students also take 12 to 15 credit hours in physics and allied sciences as follows:
2 of the following: (6-7)

  • PHSX 621 Mechanics II (3)
  • PHSX 631 Electromagnetic Theory (3)
  • PHSX 711 Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PHSX 516 Physical Measurements (4) or
    PHSX 536 Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design (4) (Interdisciplinary option students may take the second advanced laboratory courses)

Plus 2 semesters of advanced course work in 1 allied science field chosen from the following: (6-8)

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