Physics - BS

The Bachelor of Science curriculum is more rigorous in its physics and mathematics course requirements than the Bachelor of Arts. Currently it has a no track option and three track options. The BS in Physics (no track) is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physics or employment as a professional physicist in an industrial setting. The department also offers tracks in Astrophysics, Business, and Computational Science for those who plan to seek an employment or advanced degrees in these fields. Each track results in the BS in Physics degree and has the same core physics courses and the same total number of hours. Because physics forms the basis of many other sciences such as astronomy, chemistry, material science, oceanography, nano-engineering and geophysics, the BS program is 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 guided by 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
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
MATH 171 Calculus I 1 4
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 1 1
American history 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus II 1 4
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
American history 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 3
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 1 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Communication 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
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
Creative arts 2 3
Social and behavioral science 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 303 Advanced Mechanics II 3
PHYS 305 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 4 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 4 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
POLS 206 American National Government 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: 5 2
Research  
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Physics elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 401 Computational Physics 7 3
PHYS 425 Physics Laboratory 2
Select one of the following: 5 2
Research  
Research  
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Research  
Science or technical elective 8 3
General electives 9 8
 Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours120