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Physics - B.S. Program Requirements

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition;KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

I.      DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)   
Type    Course    Title    Credits   
US    10097    Destination Kent State: First Year Experience    1   
II.      MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (56 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA    
Type    Course    Title    Credits   
KBS     CHEM    10060    General Chemistry I    4   
KAD       10061    General Chemistry II    4   
KBS       10062    General Chemistry I Laboratory    1   
KBS       10063    General Chemistry II Laboratory    1   
KMC     MATH    12002    Analytic Geometry and Calculus I    5   
12003    Analytic Geometry and Calculus II    5   
32051    Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences I    4   
32052    Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences II    4   
PHY    12000    Introductory Physics Seminar    1   
KBS      23101    General University Physics I    5   
KBS
23102    General University Physics II    5   
WIC       30020    Intermediate Physics Laboratory**    2   
35101    Classical Mechanics    4   
36001    Introductory Modern Physics    3   
WIC       40020    Advanced Physics Laboratory**    2   
40092    Internship in Physics***    2   
45201    Electromagnetic Theory    4   
III.      ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (35-43 credits)     
Type    Course    Title    Credits    
Foreign Language****    8-10   
Kent Core Additional    0-2   
Kent Core Composition    6-8   
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts    9   
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)    6   
General Electives (lower or upper-division)Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours    4-8   
IV.  
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26-29 credits)    
Research (26)   
Applied Mathematics (25)   
Applied Physics (26)   
Biological Sciences (28)   
Chemistry (29)   
Computer Science (29)   
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121
* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**A minimum C grade must be earned in either PHY 30020 or PHY 40020 in order to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** With advisor’s permission. PHY 40092 may be replaced with PHY 40096 Individual Investigation or PHY 40099 Senior Honors Thesis. If PHY 40096 is taken, a suitable research project should be selected.

**** Fulfills College General Requirement.

Additional Notes for the Physics major:
The following courses may not count towards the major:
PHY 11030 Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)
PHY 21430 Frontiers in Astronomy (3)
PHY 21431 Frontiers in Astronomy Laboratory (1)
PHY 21040 Physics in The Entertainment and the Arts (3)   
PHY 21041 Physics in The Entertainment and the Arts Laboratory (1)
PHY 24001 Astronomy (3)

Credit is not granted for both the PHY 13001/PHY 13002 and the PHY 23101/PHY 23102 series, nor for the PHY 13011/
PHY 13012 series.

Research Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
CS

DSCI
10061

15310
Introduction to Computer Programming
or
Computational Thinking and Programming
3   
PHY    36002    Applications of Modern Physics    3   
45301    Thermal Physics    3   
45403    Data Analysis and Computational Physics Techniques    3   
46101    Quantum and Atomic Physics    4   
Physics elective (minimum 4 upper-division credit hours)    10   
General Elective (lower or upper division)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
7   
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
26    

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** Must be from a category other than Kent Core Basic Sciences.

Applied Mathematics Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (25 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
CS

DSCI
10061

15310
Introduction to Computer Programming
or
Computational Thinking and Programming
3   
PHY    36002    Applications of Modern Physics    3   
PHY    45401    Mathematical Methods in Physics    4   

45403    Data Analysis and Computational Physics Techniques    3   
Physics Electives    6   
Choose from the following: MATH electives **
6   
MATH    23022    Discrete Structures for Computer Sciences (3)***     
31011    Discrete Mathematics (3)***     
40011    Introduction to Probability Theory and Applications (3)     
40012    Introduction to Statistical Concepts (3)     
40041    Statistical Methods for Experiments (3)     
40042    Sampling Theory (3)     
40051    Topics in Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes (3)     
41021    Theory of Matrices (3)     
42011    Mathematical Optimization (3)     
42031    Mathematical Models and Dynamical Systems (3)     
42041    Advanced Calculus (3)     
42045    Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (3)     
42048    Introduction to Complex Variables (3)     
42091    Seminar: Modeling Projects (3)     
42201    Introduction to Numerical Computing I (3)     
42202    Introduction to Numerical Computing II (3)     
TOTAL 
25    

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** There may be additional prerequisites required for some courses in the MATH elective list. See course catalog or department for more information. MATH electives must be approved by an advisor.

*** Credit for both MATH 23022 and 31011 is not permitted.

**** Must be from a category other than Kent Core Basic Sciences

Applied Physics Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
CS

DSCI
10061

15310
Introduction to Computer Programming
or
Computational Thinking and Programming
3   
PHY    22564    Introduction to Materials Physics    3   
32511    Electronics    4   
36002    Applications of Modern Physics    3   
45403    Data Analysis and Computational Physics Techniques    3   
45501    Electromagnetic Waves and Modern Optics    3   
Physics electives (minimum 4 upper-division credit hours)   
7
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
26    

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**Must be from a category other than Kent Core Basic Sciences.

Biological Sciences Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (28 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
BSCI    10110    Biological Diversity    4   

10120    Biological Foundations    4   
30140    Cell Biology    4   
30156    Elements of Genetics    3   
40163    Organic Evolution    3   
3/4xxxx    Biological Sciences upper-division electives    4   
PHY    45301    Thermal Physics    3   
XXXX    3/4xxxx    Major upper-division elective**    3   
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
28    

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**Recommended Major Electives:

BSCI  40158 Molecular Biology (3)
CHEM 30481 Organic Chemistry I (3)
PHY 41010 Biophotonics (3)
PHY 44600  Introduction to Biological Physics (3)

***Must be from a category other than Kent Core Basic Sciences.

Chemistry Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (29 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
CHEM    20481

30481    Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)
or
Organic Chemistry I (3)    3-4   
30105    Analytical Chemistry I    3   
30107    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I    1   
30301    Inorganic Chemistry I    2   
30482    Organic Chemistry II (Must select if CHEM 30481 was taken)    0-3   
PHY    36002    Applications of Modern Physics    3   
45301    Thermal Physics    3   
Physics Elective    8   
Choose from the following: Chemistry electives    3-5    
CHEM    20482    Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)**     
30050    Introduction to Materials Chemistry (2)     
30106    Analytical Chemistry II (2)     
30108    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II (2)     
30284    Introductory Biological Chemistry (4)     
30475    Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)     
30476    Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)     
40556    Elementary Physical Chemistry (3)     
40567    Basic Concepts of Physical Chemistry (4)***     
40568    Elementary Physical Chemistry Laboratory(1)****     
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
29    

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** CHEM 20482 may not be taken if CHEM 30481 and 30482 are taken

*** Students who choose CHEM 40567 should not take CHEM 40556

****CHEM 40568 may be selected only if CHEM 40556 or 40567 is taken as a pre/corequisite.

+ Must be from a category other than Kent Core Basic Sciences.

Computer Science Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (29 credits)* Courses count in major GPA   
Type     Course    Title    Credits    
KAD
CS    10051    Introduction to Computer Science    4   
23021    Computer Science I: Programming and Problem Solving    4   
23022    Discrete Structures for Computer Science
3   
33001    Computer Science II: Data Structures and Abstraction    4   
42201    Introduction to Numerical Computing I    3   
3/4xxxx    Computer Science upper-division electives    6   
PHY    36002    Applications of Modern Physics    3   
Physics elective    3   
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
29   

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.
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