Bachelor of Science in Physics, Option #1

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in physics are offered with three different options for students to follow: Option I is for the student who intends to go on to graduate school in physics; Option II allows for the degree to be enhanced by a second discipline; and finally, a Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in education leads to a physics teaching certificate at the secondary-school level. To help the prospective physics majors make optimal decisions, they are encouraged to speak with a departmental adviser as early as possible.

Introductory physics and math courses:

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

PHYS 3250Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3260Computer Tools for Physicists

2 credits

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

(Students taking a number of 2000-level mathematics courses may be permitted to waive Physics 3250 or Physics 3260.)

Physics core courses:
PHYS 3450/PHYS 8455Classical Mechanics

3 credits

PHYS 3600/PHYS 8605Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3750/PHYS 8755Electricity and Magnetism I

3 credits

PHYS 3800/PHYS 8805Optics

3 credits

PHYS 4200/PHYS 8206Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

Three advanced laboratories (choose three from the following list):

PHYS 3504Experimental Physics I

1 credit

PHYS 3524Experimental Physics II

1 credit

PHYS 3544Experimental Physics III

1 credit

PHYS 3564Experimental Physics IV

1 credit

 

Additional requirements for Option #1:

PHYS 3760/PHYS 8765Electricity and Magnetism II

3 credits

PHYS 4210/PHYS 8216Quantum Theory

3 credits

In addition to the above requirements, a senior project is also required.  Please see more details about the senior project in the “Other Information” portion of the physics section.