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Bachelor of Science Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science program is an excellent preparation for many fields and careers. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics requires 39 credit hours of physics coursework, including at least 31 credit hours of upper division courses (numbered 300 or above). An additional 15 credit hours of mathematics is required. See the Course Catalog for detailed rules. 

Below, samples of possible curricula are shown. If you are a prospective physics major, please contact the Undergraduate Director in Physics for further information. You can find up to date contact info here.

Standard Curriculum for B.S. in Physics

The following sample curriculum meets the requirements for the BS. The specific required courses can be modified by petition to the department.  

Bachelor of Science Degree Program

 

Fall

Spring

Physics Credits Per Year

Freshman

PHY 211 or 215† (3)
Mechanics

PHY 221† (1)
Lab

MAT 295
(4)

Calc I

PHY 212 or 216† (3)
Electromagnetism

PHY 222† (1)
Lab

MAT 296(4)
Calc II

 



8 Credits

Sophomore

PHY 307† (3)
Computational Physics

PHY 360† (3)

Vibrations, Waves, and Optics

MAT 397(4)
Calc III

PHY 344† (4)
Laboratory

PHY 361† (3)
Modern Physics

MAT 485(3)
Differential equations and matrix algebra¶

 


13 Credits

Junior

PHY 524† (3)
Advanced Electromagnetism

PHY 531† (3)
Statistical Physics

PHY 567† (4)
Quantum Mechanics I




10 Credits

Senior

PHY 523† (3)
Advanced Mechanics

PHY Elective (2)

PHY Elective (3)


8 Credits

Total PHY Credits:    

 21 Credits
 18 Credits

39 Credits

Key: † Required Courses

Sample Curriculum for B.S. in Physics for Physics Graduate School

If you are planning to go to graduate school in physics, a more rigorous preparation is recommended.  The sample curriculum below satisfies all requirements for the BS, with added emphasis on more advanced material.

Bachelor of Science Degree Program

 

Fall

Spring

Physics Credits Per Year

Freshman

PHY 211 or 215† (3)
Mechanics

PHY 221† (1)
Lab

MAT 295
(4)

Calculus I

PHY 212 or 216† (3)
Electromagnetism

PHY 222† (1)
Lab

PHY 250 (1)
Physics Journal Club

MAT 296 (4)
Calculus II





9 Credits


Sophomore

PHY 360† (3)
Vibrations, Waves, and Optics

PHY 307† (3)
Computational Physics

MAT 397 (4)
Calculus III

PHY 344† (4)
Laboratory

PHY 361† (3)

Modern Physics

MAT 331 (3)
Linear Algebra ¶




13 Credits

 

Junior

PHY 524† (3)
Advanced E&M I

PHY 531† (3)
Statistical Physics

MAT 414 (3)
Differential Equations ¶

PHY 525 (3)
Advanced E&M II

PHY 567† (4)

Quantum I

PHY Elective (3)




16 Credits

Senior

PHY 523† (3)
Advanced Mechanics

PHY 568 (4)
Quantum II

PHY 451 (2)
Problem Solving

PHY 351 (3)
Instrumentation

or

PHY 462 (4)
Advanced Laboratory




12-13 Credits

 

Total PHY Credits:    

 
24 Credits

 25 Credits

49 Credits

Key: † Required Courses

¶ MAT331 and MAT414 substitute for MAT 485.