Bachelor of Science in Physics, Option #1

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics is 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 to be enhanced by a second discipline; and finally, the 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 (14 credits) and math (14 credits) courses:

PHYS 1950Physics Gateway Course

1 credit

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

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 PHYS 3250 or PHYS 3260.)

Physics core courses (15 credits):
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) (3 credits):

PHYS 3504Experimental Physics I

1 credit

PHYS 3524Experimental Physics II

1 credit

PHYS 3544Experimental Physics III

1 credit

PHYS 3564Experimental Physics IV

1 credit

 

Senior project (1-3 credits) and physics electives (6 credits):

In addition to the above requirements, a senior project (1-3 credits) and two upper level elective physics courses (6 credits) are required for the total of 39 credits.  Please see more details about the senior project in the “Other Information” portion of the physics section.