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Physics, B.S.

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Major Code: 7101 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Physics is the discipline most directly concerned with understanding the physical world on a fundamental level. As such, it covers an extremely broad range of subjects and areas of specialization that seek to unify and understand this diversity in terms of the smallest possible number of laws and principles. A physicist therefore must receive a broad, general training in science. Mathematics, a primary tool, must be mastered as well as experimental laboratory skills. Most important is the development of a variety of problem solving skills and a critical, incisive approach to physical problems.

The curriculum for the physics major includes core courses in physics, mathematics and related sciences, plus a liberal mixture of applied courses from engineering fields and an enriching selection of humanities as electives. Students considering a career in medicine or other health sciences should consider the premedical physics program detailed below. A degree in physics provides an excellent background for entering the health sciences.

Research is a major activity of the department, which possesses good instrumentation required for research in selected areas of physics. Participation in research programs by undergraduates is strongly encouraged. A maximum of six credit hours of research can be used to fulfill technical and free elective requirements.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Physics must complete the course requirements listed in the following sample curriculum. Because the subject matter of general physics forms a critically important foundation for all advanced physics courses, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a physics major is a grade of C for each of the following courses: PHY 1001 , PHY 2002 , PHY 2003 , PHY 2091  and PHY 2092 .

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Junior Year

Senior Year

Fall (17 Credit Hours)


Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Total Credits Required: 129

*Students will be block registered into Introduction to Space Sciences (SPS 1020 ). If a student places into Calculus 2 (MTH 1002 ), he/she is encouraged to take Physics 1 (PHY 1001 ) in the first semester and SPS 1020  (or SPS 1010 ) later in the program.

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