Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in physics, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 125 hours of course work.

The Bachelor of Science degree in physics is a comprehensive degree, so a minor or second major is not required to complete the degree. Visit the Courses Offered by Department page for complete course listings and descriptions.

Physics (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    Specific General Education Requirements: PHY 203(5), MTH 261(5), ENG 321(3)

  2. Major Requirements

    1. PHY 152(3), 204(5), 291(3), 324(4), 333(3), 343(3), 353(3), 375(3), 385(2), 386(1), 391(3), 486(1)

    2. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of PHY 385(2), 386(1) and 486(1).

    3. Select one of the following option areas:

      1. Astronomy and Astrophysics: AST 113(3), 114(4) or 115(4); and select two courses from: AST 311(3), 313(3), 315(3), 317(3)

      2. Materials Physics: MAT 540(3), 550(3), 580(3); PHY 575(3)

      3. Career Prep Physics: PHY 351(3) and one of either PHY 575(3) or MAT 540(3) and three hours of 400 or 500 level PHY, MAT, or CHM coursework.

      4. Teaching Prep Physics: AST 115(4); GRY 108(3) and at least six hours from any 300 or 400 or 500 level courses from AST, MAT or PHY coursework excluding PHY 501.

    4. Related Requirements: MTH 280(5), 302(3), 303(3)

  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

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