The major in physics (reference number 754) requires a minimum of 35 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor or second major is required.
The foundation for the undergraduate major is provided by a core sequence of six lecture and five laboratory courses, requiring a total of 29 semester hours. This core sequence consists of the following:
The student majoring in physics must complete, in addition to the core, a minimum of 6 semester hours of selected upper division departmental courses. The selection is determined by the student’s career aspirations, subject to approval by the student’s departmental advisor. The upper division electives must be chosen from the courses listed for departmental majors and minors, excluding PHYS 389, PHYS 399, and PHYS 489. No more than 3 hours of PHYS 475 may be counted toward the 35 hour minimum requirement for the major.
Support requirements include MATH 136, MATH 137, MATH 237, MATH 307 (or MATH 370 for applied physics track), and MATH 331; CHEM 120 / CHEM 121. (Support requirements differ for teacher certification; see below.)
The Physics Major can, by proper choice of electives, prepare for graduate work in physics, astronomy, biophysics, environmental science, or professional schools such as medicine or law. The student may also choose to work in industry, public service, or teaching. Students can structure the curriculum within the Bachelor of Science in Physics program electing those courses which will satisfy the demands of his or her chosen profession using the following career-oriented tracks:
Course recommendations for these tracks are available from the departmental office. In all cases, the student must work closely with the departmental advisor from the beginning to plan a program of study that meets departmental and University requirements and that maximizes preparation to meet career goals.