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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

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

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

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: PHYS 301, 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/Concentration in Physics

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (physics) may dual major in inclusive adolescence education and physics (B.A. or B.S degree requirements as listed above) or they may choose to complete a physics concentration. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40-43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details), the physics department has outlined the following courses for the physics concentration which meet the New York state requirement for certification:

  • PHYS 131C – P4 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 132C – P4 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 211 – Modern Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 211L – Modern Physics Lab I (1)
  • PHYS 212 – Modern Physics Lab II (4)
  • PHYS 212L – Modern Physics Lab II (1)
  • MATH 120C – P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C – P4 Calculus II (4)
  • TWO Physics electives at 300 level or above (6)

Total: 32 hours


Inclusive Childhood Education Dual Major/Concentration in Physics

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive childhood education must declare either a second major or a concentration in a liberal arts field. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Inclusive childhood education majors who wish to pursue a dual major with physics take all of the major requirements as listed above (B.A. or B.S degree requirements) in addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49-52 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details). If an inclusive childhood education major wishes to complete a concentration in physics, the physics department in conjunction with the education department has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirement for a liberal arts concentration in this field:

  • PHYS 131C – P4 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 132C – P4 General Physics II (4)
  • PHYS 211 – Modern Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 211L – Modern Physics Lab I (1)
  • PHYS 212 – Modern Physics Lab II (4)
  • PHYS 212L – Modern Physics Lab II (1)
  • MATH 120C – P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C – P4 Calculus II (4)
  • TWO Physics electives at 300 level or above (6)

Total: 32 hours


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

  • 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

*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.