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Major Requirements

[Physics—1902]

This program provides a strong foundation and preparation from which the graduate can proceed in a variety of significant directions. The first two years include supporting courses in mathematics and computer science in addition to the introductory sequence of physics courses. The last two years include additional supporting courses in mathematics along with the advanced physics courses.

SPECIFICS OF THE PHYSICS B.A. DEGREE

Minimum Total Hours:124

Total Liberal Arts Hours Required:90

General Education Requirements:Per the General Education list (see General Education Division). Exceptions: the lab science and mathematics proficiency requirements are met through the major.

Minimum Requirements:Overall and major GPA of 2.0; no grade less than C- in the major.

Transfer Requirements:See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major:Standard institutional major application should be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to the major.

Major Requirements: 40 hours with a minimum of 24 hours in physics as follows:

  • 12 hours of required physics courses: PHY 201, 202, 203;
  • 12 hours of required mathematics courses: MTH 281, 282, 283;
  • CSC 140;
  • 6 hours of physics electives from: PHY 301, 302, 401, cross register for PHY-Thermodynamics;
  • 6 hours of physics electives from: PHY 210, 211, 303, 403. (One elective from this group must be at the 300- or 400-level; to accomplish this, students may select an unused physics course from the above grouping. PHY 210 and 211 are recommended for Pre-Engineering students only.)

View the full course check sheet for detailed information about course requirements (pdf).

SPECIFICS OF THE PHYSICS B.S. DEGREE

Minimum Total Hours:124

Total Liberal Arts Hours Required:60

General Education Requirements:Per the General Education list (see General Education Division). Exceptions: the lab science and mathematics proficiency requirements are met through the major.

Minimum Requirements:Overall and major GPA of 2.0; no grade less than C- in the major.

Transfer Requirements:See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major:Standard institutional major application should be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to the major.

Major Requirements:52 hours with a minimum of 30 hours in physics as follows:

  • 12 hours of required physics courses: PHY 201, 202, 203;
  • 12 hours of required mathematics courses: MTH 281, 282, 283;
  • CSC 140;
  • Four upper-division physics courses (12 hours): PHY 301, 302, 401, cross register for PHY-Thermodynamics (One course from this group may be replaced with a different advanced physics course if approved by the Department via a Course Substitution Form.);
  • 6 hours of physics electives from: PHY 210, 211, 303, 403, approved physics course through cross registration (PHY 210 and 211 are recommended for Pre-Engineering students only; non-engineering majors are encouraged to select a physics course through cross registration.);
  • One science/mathematics elective from the following: MTH 301, MTH 302, MTH 404, approved physics course through cross registration;
  • One Career Emphasis elective from the following: AST 201, BIO 101, BUA 101, CHM 111, CSC 141, MGT 201. (A second course in the selected emphasis is recommended.)

View the full course check sheet for detailed information about course requirements (pdf).