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

Minimum required: 120 semester hours.

General Requirement

  1. The major requires at least 48-50 hours.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 24714PHYS 14304
US 11001MATH 24724
ENG 13103ENG 13203
POSI 23103HIST 13103
COMM 13103 
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 24254PHYS 24354
MATH 33233MATH 33733
CHEM 114111CHEM 114211
CHEM 134113CHEM 134213
PHIL 1305 or 13203English Literature23
 14 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 33123PHYS 33203
PHYS 33113PHYS 34114
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component23Electives/Minor3,4,56
HIST 13203POSI 23203
Select one of the following:3 
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 43103PHYS 43123
PHYS Electives9-11PHYS 43153
Electives/Minor3,4,54PHYS 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 


See the Academic Services section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements. 


Recommended minor is mathematics. Minors and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.


A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required to graduate. An advanced course is one that is numbered above 3000 and below 5000.

If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours 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.

PHYS Electives

At least 13-15 advanced PHYS chosen from:

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