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Physics Major (PHYS)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Codes:
Physics Major, B.A. Degree, U191
Physics Major, B.S. Degree, U193
Physics Major, B.A. Degree, with High School Teaching Licensure, U195
Physics Major, B.S. Degree, with High School Teaching Licensure, U196

The Physics Major is a firm basis for a career in medicine, law, business, sales, engineering, teaching, computing, biophysics, environmental science, or physics.

Students who elect physics as a major need to complete PHY 291, 292 or 211, 212, and MAT 293 no later than the end of their sophomore year. Any student who desires to major in physics should contact the head of the department as soon as possible so a proper schedule can be planned.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

6

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

One additional GLT course (student may select)

3

Mathematics (GMT)
required: MAT 191

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
required: PHY 291 or 211, and CHE 111

7

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.

Category

S.H.

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture
one GPM (Premodern) or GMO (Modern) course, depending on category used to satisfy GHP requirement

3

Natural Sciences
any course GLS course

3–4

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
any additional GSB course with a different departmental prefix

3

Foreign Language (GFL)
intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204

0–12

Writing Intensive Courses (WI)
a total of four WI courses

 

 

IV Major Requirements & Related Area Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

Required: minimum of 27 semester hours in physics courses above the 100 level

Minimum 27 semester hours in physics above the 100 level. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for the required physics and mathematics courses.

Core Courses

PHY 291*, 292* and 291L, 292L (or 211*, 212* and 211L, 212L), 321, 323, 325, 401; at least two from the following: 327, 412, 413; and at least three from the following: 294, 321L, 323L, 325L, 395

Related Area Requirements

CHE 111, 112, 114, 115; CSC 130; MAT 191*, 292, 293, 390, 394

*PHY 291 and 291L or 211 and 211L, and CHE 111 satisfy GNS; MAT 191 satisfies GMT.

Bachelor of Science

Required: minimum of 37 semester hours in physics courses above the 100 level

Minimum 37 semester hours in physics above the 100 level. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for the required physics and mathematics courses.

Major and related area requirements are the same as for the B.A. degree with the following additional requirements:

At least three courses from: PHY 330, 421, 423, 426, 543, and one additional course from the following: 294, 321L, 323L, 325L, 395.

V Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.