Physics Major Requirements

Two degrees are offered in physics: a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Physics and a Bachelor of Science, Major in Physics

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Physics —PHYS (37-41 hours)

All of the following:

  • PHYS 121 General Physics I lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 122 General Physics II lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 253 General Physics III 3 hours

Two of the following:

  • PHYS 272L Computational Physics Laboratory lab 1 hour
  • PHYS 282L Modern Experimental Laboratory lab 1 hour
  • PHYS 292L Wave Mechanics Laboratory lab 1 hour

Three of the following:

  • PHYS 323 Classical Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 343 Thermodynamics 3 hours
  • PHYS 424 Quantum Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 444 Electricity and Magnetism 3 hours

One additional 200+ level PHYS course

Required Supporting Courses:

  • MATH 131-132 Calculus I, II 8 hours
    or MATH 133 Theory and Application of Calculus 4 hours
  • MATH 231 Calculus III 4 hours
  • MATH 326 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4 hours

Bachelor of Science, Major in Physics —PHYS (60 hours)

All of the following:

  • PHYS 121 General Physics I lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 122 General Physics II lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 253 General Physics III 3 hours
  • PHYS 323 Classical Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 343 Thermodynamics 3 hours
  • PHYS 424 Quantum Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 444 Electricity and Magnetism 3 hours

Two of the following:

  • PHYS 272L Computational Physics Laboratory lab 1 hour
  • PHYS 282L Modern Experimental Laboratory lab 1 hour
  • PHYS 292L Wave Mechanics Laboratory lab 1 hour

Required Supporting Courses:

  • CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry I lab 4 hours
  • CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry II lab 4 hours
  • CPSC 207 Computer Programming 3 hours
  • MATH 131-132 Calculus I, II 8 hours
  • or MATH 133 Theory and Application of Calculus 4 hours
  • MATH 231 Calculus III 4 hours
  • MATH 326 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4 hours

Two of the following:

  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 3 hours
  • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 3 hours
  • CPSC 315 Simulation: Theory and Application 3 hours
  • CPSC 328 Data Structures 3 hours
  • MATH 335 Differential Equations II 3 hours
  • MATH 336 Numerical Analysis 3 hours
  • MATH 345 Probability
  • MATH 346 Statistics
  • PHYS 215 Materials Science 3 hours
  • PHYS 232 Astrophysics 3 hours
  • PHYS 235 Nuclear Physics 3 hours

Additional technical electives in science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering to total 60 credit hours.