Physics Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in physics is designed for those who plan to study physics in graduate school, who wish to pursue another technical field at the graduate level, or who wish to pursue a technical career in industry. 

The degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in physics, provides a basic core of physics courses and is most appropriate for a student pursuing dual majors where the second major may be engineering, mathematics, computer science, or education with an emphasis on physical sciences.

For a detailed schedule of physics course offerings in the coming semesters, click here.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in physics requires 42 semester hours in physics or astronomy courses. The BS candidate must successfully complete all courses.

  1. Required courses:
    1. PHY 220 University Physics with Laboratory I                 
    2. PHY 222 University Physics with Laboratory II
    3. PHY 224 University Physics with Laboratory III
    4. PHY 300 Intermediate Laboratory
    5. PHY 301 Advanced Laboratory
    6. PHY 310 Dynamics
    7. PHY 360 Thermal Physics I
    8. PHY 361 Modern Physics I
    9. PHY 410 Electromagnetic Theory
    10. PHY 460 Quantum Mechanics
    11. PHY 494 Physics Seminar
  2. A minimum of 9 additional hours of physics/astronomy courses numbered above 300.  Students majoring in physics are urged to participate in independent research (PHY 392 or PHY 492) or Special Projects (PHY 397). Those who are planning to do graduate studies are recommended to include Mathematical Physics (PHY 330) and Modern Physics II (PHY 420) as their electives.

Additional Courses Required:

  • MAT 129  Calculus I
  • MAT 229  Calculus II    
  • or (MAT 128, 227 and 228 Calculus A,B,C)
  • MAT 329  Calculus III
  • MAT 325  Differential Equations
  • CHE 120/120L, and CHE 121/121L.

At least one year of foreign language is strongly recommended for B.S. candidates.

Bachelor of Arts

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in physics requires 33 semester hours of physics or astronomy courses. The BA candidate must successfully complete the following courses.

  1. Required Courses
    1. PHY 220 University Physics with Laboratory I
    2. PHY 222 University Physics with Laboratory II
    3. PHY 224 University Physics with Laboratory III
    4. PHY 300 Intermediate Laboratory
    5. PHY 310 Dynamics
    6. PHY 360 Thermal Physics
    7. PHY 361 Modern Physics
    8. PHY 494 Physics Seminar
  2. A minimum of 9 additional semester hours of physics or astronomy courses numbered above 300.  Students majoring in physics are urged to participate in independent research (PHY 392 or PHY 492) or Special Projects (PHY 397).

Additional Courses Required:

  • MAT 129  Calculus I
  • MAT 229  Calculus II    
  • or (MAT 128, 227 and 228 Calculus A,B,C)
  • MAT 329  Calculus III
  • MAT 325  Differential Equations
  • CHE 120/120L, and CHE 121/121L.

At least one year of foreign language is strongly recommended for pre-engineering and BA candidates.

Click here for a detailed schedule of physics course offerings in the coming semesters.