BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Graduate Prep Physics option

The physics program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities.

It is recommended that students in the physics program do not finish all of their general education courses before beginning to take courses in physics. Some physics courses do require prerequisites, so it is important to meet with an advisor in the program before you schedule your first semester or as soon as you think you might be interested in this program.

Sample Schedule

This is only a sample schedule, and an advisor will be able to customize the best plan for you.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours16
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education Elective 6

Second semester (spring)

Total hours16
PHY 152 Introductory Circuits-Survey of Electronics 3
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Third semester (fall)

Total hours15
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
General Education elective 3

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours15
PHY 291 Introduction to Computational Physics 3
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
General Elective 3
General Education Elective 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours15
PHY 333 Intermediate Mechanics 3
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours16
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
PHY 476 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
General Education elective 4

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours16
PHY 324 Instrumental/Computer Interfacing 4
PHY 575 Quantum Mechanics 3
General elective 6
General Education elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours16
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
PHY 351 Circuit, Signals, and Controls 3
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
MAT 580 Structure of Solids 3
General Elective 6

Tips for success

  • Know that  you may take both PHY 203 and MTH 261 your first semester if you are eligible, based on a high math placement score.
  • Enroll in MTH 138 your first semester and MTH 261 your second, if you are not immediately eligible for MTH 261. However, you will have to postpone PHY 203 until you are ready to enroll in MTH 280