Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physics

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The recommended minor is Mathematics. The minor should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
  4. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  5. If two years of the same language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4PHYS 24354
US 11001MATH 24724
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
PHYS 1430 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)4HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803 
 15 14
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 2425 (Component Area Option Code 090/093)4POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
MATH 33733MATH 33233
CHEM 114111PHYS 21501
CHEM 1335 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13PHYS 33123
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3Minor3
PHYS 22302COMM 1310 (or ENG Literature Component Area Option Code 090)3
 16 16
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 33203PHYS 43053
PHYS 33113PHYS Upper Division Lab24
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3Electives/Minor6
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Electives/Minor3 
 15 16
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 43103PHYS Electives10
PHYS Upper Division Lab24Electives/Minor4
Electives/Minor4 
PHYS 43123 
 14 14
Total Hours: 120

PHYS Electives

PHYS 3210Physics Cognition and Pedagogy2
PHYS 3313Astrophysics3
PHYS 3411Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3416Applied Electronics4
PHYS 3417Optics4
PHYS 3418Methods in Observational Astrophysics4
PHYS 4121Undergraduate Research1
PHYS 4221Undergraduate Research2
PHYS 4311Condensed Matter Physics3
PHYS 4320Selected Study in Physics3
PHYS 4321Undergraduate Research (see dept.)3
PHYS 4350BRelativity3
PHYS 4350DBiophysics3
PHYS 4360Physics Cognition and Pedagogy II3
Or courses approved by the department advisor