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 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4PHYS 14304
US 11001MATH 24724
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 24254PHYS 24354
MATH 33233MATH 33733
CHEM 114111CHEM 114211
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13CHEM 1342 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
 14 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 33123PHYS 33203
PHYS 33113PHYS 34114
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Electives/Minor6
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3 
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 43103PHYS 43123
PHYS Electives9-11PHYS 43153
Electives/Minor4PHYS Electives4-6
 16 14
Total Hours: 120

BIO 1330/BIO 1130 and BIO 1331/BIO 1131 may be taken instead of CHEM 1141, CHEM 1341, and CHEM 1142, CHEM 1342 listed below 

PHYS Electives

PHYS 3210Physics Cognition and Pedagogy2
PHYS 3315Thermodynamics3
PHYS 3416Applied Electronics4
PHYS 3417Optics4
PHYS 4305Statistical Physics3
PHYS 4311Condensed Matter Physics3
PHYS 4313Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 4314Mechanics II3
PHYS 4317Computational Physics (fall)3
PHYS 4320Selected Study in Physics3
PHYS 4321Undergraduate Research (see dept.)3
PHYS 4340Materials Physics Laboratory (spring)3
Or courses approved by the department advisor