Physics - BS

The Bachelor of Science curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements and is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting. Because physics forms the basis of many other sciences such as chemistry, material science, oceanography, nano-engineering and geophysics, the BS program is an excellent preparation for advanced degrees in these fields. In addition, physicists are increasingly applying their talents to molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine. An important part of the BS program is student participation in experimental or theoretical research with physics and astronomy faculty.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 171 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 4
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 1 1
American history elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus 1 4
PHYS 102 Freshman Physics Orientation II 1 1
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
American history elective 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 1 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 4
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 1 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Communication elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
PHYS 302 Advanced Mechanics I 3
PHYS 304 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods for Physicists II 3
Social and behavioral science elective 3
Creative arts elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 303 Advanced Mechanics II 3
PHYS 305 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Electives 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 408 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
PHYS 414
Quantum Mechanics II
or Physics of the Solid State
3
PHYS 426 Physics Laboratory 2
Select one of the following: 4 2
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Physics elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 401 Computational Physics 5 3
PHYS 425 Physics Laboratory 2
Select one of the following: 4 2
Research  
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Science or technical elective 6 3
Electives 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120