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The School of Physics offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Physics and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics.
The degree program in applied physics may be better suited for entry into industry or government upon graduation, preparation for further professional training (medicine, law, dentistry, or business), or preparation for graduate study in some other discipline. The applied physics program differs from the traditional one in that a few courses intended primarily as preparation for graduate study in physics are replaced by courses oriented toward the applications of physics.
Each of the baccalaureate programs contains the following: a) courses needed to meet general institutional degree requirements; b) a core of technical courses intended to give a strong background in mathematics and the physical principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and the quantum theory that governs physical phenomena at the microscopic level of molecules, atoms, and nuclei; c) technical electives that enable the student to explore areas of his or her choice in greater depth; d) courses involving undergraduate research, and e) free electives, about fifteen percent of the total hours, which may be employed to schedule additional technical or nontechnical courses.
The considerable flexibility inherent in the physics curricula is advantageous to students who wish to work out individual programs of study. At the same time, this flexibility suggests the need for consultation with advisors so students can make the best use of elective hours and avoid scheduling difficulties that may arise in later semesters. Students may utilize their elective freedom in the physics curricula to specialize in particular areas of physics, to prepare for careers in interdisciplinary areas of science, to compose a preprofessional program, or to gain a background in other technical or nontechnical disciplines. Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance in planning programs of study with emphasis directed toward a particular objective.
Since some students who earn a degree in physics have transferred from other disciplines, the School has planned its degree programs to enable most students to transfer into physics with little or no loss of credit.
A total of 120 credit hours (exclusive of wellness) and a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in physics courses numbered 3000 and higher are requisites for the bachelor's degree in physics.
|APPH 1040||Sci Foundation of Health||2|
|or APPH 1050||Sci of Phys Act & Health|
|Core A - Essential Skills|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1102||English Composition II||3|
|MATH 1552||Integral Calculus||4|
|Core B - Institutional Options|
|CS 1301||Intro to Computing||3|
|or CS 1371||Computing for Engineers|
|Core C - Humanities|
|Core D - Science, Math, & Technology|
|PHYS 2211||Intro Physics I 1||4|
|PHYS 2212||Intro Physics II 6||4|
|MATH 1551||Differential Calculus||2|
|MATH 1553||Intro to Linear Algebra||2|
|Core E - Social Sciences|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|United States to 1877|
|United States since 1877|
|Government of the U.S.|
|US Constitutional Issues|
|Core F - Courses Related to Major|
|MATH 2401||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 2403||Differential Equations||4|
|CHEM 1310||General Chemistry||4|
|PHYS 2213||Intro to Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 3201||Classical Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 3122||Electro & Magnetostatics||3|
|PHYS 3143||Quantum Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 3211||Electronics I||5|
|PHYS 3266||Computational Physics||4|
|PHYS 4206||Electronics II||5|
|PHYS 4321||Advanced Lab I||3|
|PHYS 4601||Senior Seminar I||1|
|PHYS 4602||Senior Seminar II||1|
|Physics or Technical Electives|
|Any PHYS or Technical Electives 2,3,4,5||14|
|Total Credit Hours||122|
Student must have 2.0 in all PHYS classes 3000-level or higher
Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
If PHYS 2231 is taken, extra hour goes toward Free Electives
BIOL 4478, CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412, CHEM 3511, EAS 2750, EAS 4300, EAS 4430, ECE 4501, MATH 3215, MATH 4320, MATH 4347, MATH 4348, MATH 4581
Minimum of one class in PHYS 3211, PHYS 3226, PHYS 4322
Maximum of six credit hours below 3000-level
Maximum of nine credit hours PHYS 2699 or PHYS 4699
If PHYS 2232 is taken, extra hour goes toward Free Electives
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- English - 4 Units
- Math - 4 Units
- Science - 4 Units
- Social Science - 3 Units
- Foreign Language - 2 Units
- President's Scholarship Program