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Physics Program Requirements

The physics program offers options to obtain either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. You may also choose to pursue a dual major with inclusive adolescence education.

B.A. in Physics

For students majoring in physics, only courses designated as physics courses (PHYS) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

The credits for each course are indicated in parentheses following the course title.

Core Requirements - 33 credits

  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 211 - Modern Physics I (4)
    PHYS 211L - Modern Physics I Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 212 - Modern Physics II (4)
    PHYS 212L Modern Physics II Laboratory (1)
  • MATH 120 - P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122 - P4 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 221C - Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 222 - SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)

Additional Requirements - 12 credits

  • 12 additional credits of physics electives (at the 200 level or above)

Total: 45 credits


B.S. in Physics

For students majoring in physics, only courses designated as physics courses (PHYS) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

The credits for each course are indicated in parentheses following the course title.

Core Requirements - 33 credits

  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 211 - Modern Physics I (4)
    PHYS 211L - Modern Physics I Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 212 - Modern Physics II (4)
    PHYS 212L - Modern Physics II Laboratory (1)
  • MATH 120 - P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122 - P4 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 221C - Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 222 - SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)

Additional Requirements - 24 credits

Choose ONE option from the following.

  • B.S. Option I: 24 additional credits in physics chosen from: PHYS 301, 311, 332, 333, 334, 341, 342, 365, 451, and 452.
  • B.S. Option II: 24 additional credits to include: 12 additional credits of physics electives and 12 credits of science courses chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics. The courses in biology or chemistry must be chosen from those specifically named and numbered courses that satisfy the minor requirements in those disciplines or by electives at the 200 level or above. The courses in physics must be those at the 200-400 level. The 12-hour science course combination can consist of courses entirely from biology, chemistry, or physics.

Total: 57 credits


Inclusive Adolescence Education Dual Major

Students Seeking Adolescence Teaching Certification in Physics

Students seeking adolescence teaching certification in physics dual-major in inclusive adolescence education and physics. They complete the courses outlined for a B.S. physics major (Option II), as these courses satisfy the content area requirements for teaching certification.

In addition to the physics content area requirements, students pursuing adolescence teaching certification must also complete:

  • Inclusive adolescence education major (46 credits)

The major includes education courses, field experiences, and student teaching, as well as courses for certification in students with disabilities (7–12) and middle school extension in the content area (5–6). See Inclusive Adolescence Education for details.

Note: As early as possible, students should consult with an education advisor to set up a program leading to certification.


Minor in Physics

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

The credits for each course are indicated in parentheses following the course title.

  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 211 - Modern Physics I (4)
    PHYS 211L - Modern Physics I Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 212 - Modern Physics II (4)
    PHYS 212L - Modern Physics II Laboratory (1)

Total: 18 credits

Note: A student may complete the physics minor by opting to take a 300 – level physics course in place of the two modern physics labs.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.