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Physics Undergraduate Handbook

Degrees Offered by the Department of Physics:

Degree Types Offered:
  • B.S. in Physics from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • B.S. in Engineering Physics from the College of Engineering
  • Minor in Physics from the College of Arts & Sciences

Quarter Requirements for Students Graduating on or before June 2012

Semester Requirements for Students Graduating on or after August 2012

**Students who are graduating under semesters are encouraged to speak to one of the physics advisors to create a sample schedule tailored specifically to your option or concentration. They can also answer any questions you may have about the new semester requirements.**
  • Arts & Sciences Physics Semester Requirements:

    The physics options under semesters will change from 6 tracks labeled A through F, to a system of 4 options in which the names are more closely tied to the expected outcome of the student.
    • The Applied Physics Option for students interested in Engineering, Law, Journalism, or other Sciences (formerly Options B,C,F)
    • The Advanced Physics Option for graduate school bound students (formerly Option A)
    • The Physics and Life Sciences Option for premed students (formerly Option D)
    • The Teaching Option for students interested in teaching high school physics (formerly Option E)

    The requirements for some of the options are changing slightly under semesters. For a complete list of requirements for each of the 4 semester options and semester sample schedules, please visit the Physics Semester Transition webpage.

  • Engineering Physics Semester Requirements:

    The requirements for Engineering Physics students graduating under semesters are different than the requirements for students graduating under quarters. The following classes are no longer required for Engineering Physics students graduating on or after August 2012:
    • Chemistry 121, 122
    • Physics 656, 632, 633, 621, 596
    • Mechanical Engineering 410

    The following requirements are being added:
    • 6 additional quarter hours of engineering technical electives (for a total of 36 quarter hours or 24 semester hours)
    • 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of physics/engineering electives which can be any 200 level or above physics, math, or engineering course beyond what is already required for the major.
    • Beginning June 2010, a two quarter (or two semester) sequence of the Engineering Physics Capstone Course is required.

    For a complete list of requirements for each of the 4 semester options and semester sample schedules, please visit the Physics Semester Transition webpage.

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