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Department of Physics & Astronomy

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science curriculum is directed toward preparing students for graduate study, ultimately leading to the PhD degree or toward research and development work in industrial or governmental laboratories. It also provides a good background for graduate study or industrial work in many areas or engineering physics and applied science.

Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for the most up-to-date information.

Current Freshmen and Sophomores

Current Juniors and Seniors

Freshman Year

First Semester
3 - ASTR 105 Physics of the Universe
4 - CH 101 General Chemistry
3 - ENGL 103 Accelerated Composition
4 - MTHSC 106 Calculus of One Variable I
1 - PHYS 101 Current Topics in Modern Physics
15

Second Semester
4 - CH 102 General Chemistry
4 - MTHSC 108 Calculus of One Variable II
3 - PHYS 122 Physics with Calculus I
1 - PHYS 124 Physics Lab. I
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement1
15

Sophomore Year

First Semester
4 - MTHSC 206 Calculus of Several Variables
3 - PHYS 221 Physics with Calculus II
1 - PHYS 223 Physics Lab. II
4 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Oral Communication Requirement1
15

Second Semester
4 - MTHSC 208 Intro. to Ordinary Diff. Equations
3 - PHYS 222 Physics with Calculus III
1 - PHYS 224 Physics Lab. III
4 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Social Science Requirement1
15

Junior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 311 Intro. to Meth. of Theoretical Phys.
3 - PHYS 321 Mechanics I
3 - PHYS 325 Experimental Physics I
3 - Emphasis Area Requirement3
3 - Physics Writing Requirement4
15

Second Semester
1 - PHYS 300 Introduction to Research
3 - PHYS 312 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
3 - PHYS 322 Mechanics II
3 - PHYS 326 Experimental Physics II
1 - PHYS 356 Modern Physics Overview
3 - PHYS 441 Electromagnetics I
3 - Emphasis Area Requirement3
17

Senior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 401 Senior Thesis
3 - PHYS 442 Electromagnetics II
3 - PHYS 455 Quantum Physics I
3 - Emphasis Area Requirement3
3 - Science Requirement5
15

Second Semester
3 - HIST 172 The West and the World I or
3 - HIST 173 The West and the World II
3 - PHYS 456 Quantum Physics II
3 - PHYS 465 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement6
3 - Emphasis Area Requirement3
15

122 Total Semester Hours

1See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
2Two semesters (through 102) in the same modern foreign language are required.
3Select from department-approved list of courses in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental engineering, geology, mathematical sciences, and physics. Twelve credit hours in one of these areas, with at least six at the 3000-400 level, are required. Note: Requirements for a minor in one of these areas might be satisfied with three additional credits at the 300-400 level.
4ENGL 304, 312, 314, 315, 316, 345, 346, 348, M L 402, or THEA (ENGL) 347.
5Any 200–400-level science course.
6Select any ENGL course from General Education Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement.

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