Major in Physics (B.S.)

Physics (B.S.) - Major Field Guide

  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 215 Foundations of Modern Physics: From the Atom to the Big Bang (4 credits)
  • PHYS 225 Applications of Modern Physics: From the Atom to the Diode (4 credits)
  • PHYS 323 Methods of Experimental Physics (4 credits)
  • PHYS 331 Theoretical Mechanics (4 credits)
  • PHYS 341 Electricity and Magnetism (4 credits)
  • PHYS 347 Optics (4 credits)
  • PHYS 410 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (4 credits)
  • PHYS 431 Quantum Mechanics (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Four PHYS credits 104 or greater

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 200 Multi-Variable Calculus (4 credits)
  • MATH 210 Introduction to Differential Equations and Systems (4 credits)
  • MATH 240 Linear Algebra (4 credits)

Plus:

  • ENGR 350 Introduction to Electronics (4 credits)

or

  • ENGR 240 Circuit Analysis (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CISC 130 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving in the Sciences (4 credits) or either CISC 131
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (4 credits) or CISC 230 Object-Oriented Design and Programming (4 credits)

BS and BA in Physics 2014

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Major in Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.A.) - Major Field Guide

  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 215 Foundations of Modern Physics: From the Atom to the Big Bang (4 credits)
  • PHYS 225 Applications of Modern Physics: From the Atom to the Diode (4 credits)
  • PHYS 323 Methods of Experimental Physics (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Four PHYS credits 104 or greater
  • Eight PHYS credits above 301 

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 200 Multi-variable Calculus (4 credits)
  • MATH 210 Introduction to Differential Equations and Systems (4 credits)

Plus either:

  • ENGR 350 Introduction to Electronics (4 credits)

or

  • ENGR 240 Circuit Analysis (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CISC 130 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving in the Sciences (4 credits) or either CISC 131
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (4 credits) or CISC 230 Object-Oriented Design and Programming (4 credits)

Note: CISC 130 is recommended for this major

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Dual Degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Physics (B.A.)

The dual degree program in electrical engineering and physics is designed for students interested in combining lab skills and theory with engineering principles and practice. Students in this dual program will have skills to prepare them for a wide variety of opportunities in industry or advanced graduate education. The dual degree program may require an additional semester to complete. Upon completion, students receive a B.A. degree in physics and a B.S.E.E. degree accredited by EAC of ABET.

  • Students must complete the Electrical Engineering major requirements (see above), the allied requirements for a B.S. in Electrical Engineering plus four credits of engineering electives.

Plus:

  • PHYS 215 Foundations in Modern Physics (4 credits)
  • And four credits of physics electives 

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Teacher Licensure

Elementary Education with a Co-major in Science and Mathematics for Elementary Education
Elementary Education with a Specialty in Science (5-8)
Co-major in Science (5-8) – Physics (9-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

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Minor in Physics

Four credits from the following:

  • PHYS 109 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • PHYS 110 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twelve PHYS credits 104 or greater

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