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 (34-38 hours)

All of the following:

  • PHYS 121 General Physics I lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 122 General Physics II lab 4 hours
  • PHYS 312 Modern Physics 3 hours
  • PHYS 333 Mathematical Methods 3 hours
  • PHYS 360 Advanced Physics Laboratory lab 3 hours

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

Three of the following:

  • PHYS 205 Nuclear Science 3 hours
  • PHYS 302 Materials Science 3 hours
  • PHYS 303 Biophysics 3 hours
  • PHYS 311 Thermodynamics 3 hours
  • PHYS 313 Classical Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 424 Quantum Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 444 Electricity and Magnetism 3 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 311 Thermodynamics 3 hours
  • PHYS 312 Modern Physics 3 hours
  • PHYS 313 Classical Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 333 Mathematical Methods 3 hours
  • PHYS 360 Advanced Physics Laboratory lab 3 hours
  • PHYS 424 Quantum Mechanics 3 hours
  • PHYS 444 Electricity and Magnetism 3 hours

Required Supporting Courses:

  • CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry I lab 4 hours
  • CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry II lab 4 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

Additional credits from the following or other 300+ level technical electives in science,
computer science, mathematics, or engineering:

  • PHYS 205 Nuclear Science 3 hours
  • PHYS 302 Materials Science 3 hours
  • PHYS 303 Biophysics 3 hours