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Required Courses for Physics Majors

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The B.S. in Physics is a degree conferred by the College of Arts and Science. It is a degree which prepares a student for either direct employment after graduation, or in the pursuit of an advanced degree.

The B.S. requirements are composed of a core, which all physics students must take, and a set of technical and other electives chosen arranged in six possible options depending on the interests of the student. The total required credit hours is 191.

Core Requirements

Suggested Courses

These courses are not required, but they're great classes to take if you're looking to strengthen your math skills or take an extra course.

Summary of Option Requirements

Major in Physics

Option Purpose Additional Required Physics Required GEC (required by this option, but count towards GEC) Required Technical Electives Free Electives
A Advanced Physics 28 hours:
622;632-633;664; 656-657; 517
  Math 568 12 hours
B Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences 12 hours:
632; 656; 517
  Math 568 plus 16 hours (see these notes) 12 hours
C Biophysics & Biomedical Physics 4 hours: 517 or 622 or 632 or 656 Chem 121 or H201; Bio 113 or H115 24 hours(see these notes) 15 hours
D Pre-Med none Bio 113-114 40 hours(see these notes) 3 hours
E Secondary Education Physics certification 5 hours: 670 Bio 113; Chem 121 25 hours(see these notes) 13 hours
F Personalized 4 hours: 517 or 622 or 632 or 656   18 hours(see these notes) 21 hours

OPTION A
ADVANCED PHYSICS

This option is designed for those intending graduate level (Ph.D.) studies in physics. It provides an excellent preparation for graduate school in physics.

OPTION B
PHYSICAL, MATHEMATICAL, AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES

This option is designed for physics majors who have a strong interest in some other area of the physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics. It might be appropriate, for example, for a double major including one of these other areas. Students completing this option are prepared to pursue physics related areas, or to enter the job market with skills in engineering or other sciences.

OPTION C
BIOPHYSICS AND BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS

This option is designed for physics majors who have an interest in biophysics or biomedical physics. It is NOT appropriate as a pre medical curriculum (see option D).

OPTION D
PRE MED OPTION

This option is designed for those intending to attend medical school. It satisfies all of the medical school admission requirements, when combined with the required physics and math courses in the physics core curriculum. (Contact the pre-med adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences for more detailed information.)

OPTION E
SECONDARY EDUCATION: PHYSICS CERTIFICATION

This option is designed for those seeking secondary level certification in physics (i.e., to be a high school teacher). It has been designed to satisfy College of Education Master of Education (Physics Certification) curriculum. If you are interested in pursuing this option, contact the College of Education for further information.

OPTION F
PERSONALIZED PROGRAM OPTION

This option is designed for those with special interests not covered in options A E. The program of technical electives could include courses of study outside of the Colleges of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and of Engineering, such as meteorology, economics, history of science, or primary education.