Physics Plan

Bachelor of Science Degree. Physics.

Please visit the Physics Department to learn more about this program.

  Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Freshman
Year

PHYS 161 Calculus Based Physics I - 4
PHYS 166 Calculus Based Physics Lab I - 1
MATH 166 Calculus I - 4
General Education CW (ENGL 100) - 3
General Education SB - 3
Total semester credits - 15

PHYS 162 Calculus Based Physics I - 4
PHYS 167 Calculus Based Physics Lab I - 1
MATH 167 Calculus II - 4
General Education CS (COMS 116) - 3
General Education HW (P ED 108) - 1
General Education EC - 3
Total semester credits - 16

Sophomore
Year

PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices - 3
PHYS 279 Internship - 1
MATH 266 Calculus III
or PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming - 3
General Education CA (ENGL 200) - 3
Total semester credits - 16

PHYS 204 Intermediate Physics Lab - 1
PHYS 264 Modern Physics - 4
PHYS 362 Math. of Phys. and Eng. II - 3
MATH 331 Differential Equations - 3
Course in minor - 3
Total semester credits - 14

Junior
Year

PHYS 301 Advanced Physics Laboratory I - 3
General Education HF - 3
General Education S (not physics) - 3
General Education PE2 - 5
Course for a minor - 3
Course for a minor - 3
Total semester credits - 15.5

PHYS 302 Advanced Physics Laboratory II - 3
Upper level physics elective - 3
General Education SB - 3
General Education PE2 - 5
Liberal arts course (Diversity) - 3
Course for a minor - 3
Total semester credits - 15.5

Senior
Year

Upper level physics elective - 4
General Education MD - 3
Liberal arts course - 2
Course for a minor - 3
Course for a minor - 3
Total semester credits - 15

PHYS 485 Seminar - 1
Upper level physics elective - 3
Liberal arts course (Global) - 3
General Education HF - 3
Course for a minor - 3
Total semester credits - 13

Summary of Degree Requirements

Physics core courses - 25 cr. 
Physics electives in major - 11 cr. 
Required supporting courses - 20 cr.
General Education - 41 cr. 
Liberal Arts and University Requirements - 8 cr. 
Courses for a minor - 24 cr.
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.
(some courses are double counted between required areas)

This sample plan illustrates an Option II physics major, which allows more flexibility in taking courses outside physics and math. Many physics majors choose to minor in Math to make use of the required supporting courses.

This academic plan is an example of how students might choose to fulfill program requirements within a period of four years. After consulting with their advisors students may make other course choices which would meet the program requirements and be more suitable for them.

 


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