# Physics (Pure and Applied Physics), Bachelor of Science

**Program Overview**

A Physicist has a solid understanding of fundamental laws, which in turn can be applied to a wide area of scientific and engineering fields. It is an exciting career that requires discipline and significant amount of work. It also requires development of mathematical, experimental, theoretical, and computational skills. As a result of the Physicist’s solid and broad background, Physicists can apply to a wide range of job opportunities, including National Laboratories and Research Centers, Industry, and Academia.

## Core Curriculum - 42 hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

### 020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413 | Calculus I | 4 |

*Three credit hours from MATH 2413 applies. *

### 030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

PHYS 2425 | Physics for Scientists and Engineers I | 4 |

PHYS 2426 | Physics for Scientists and Engineers II | 4 |

### 090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CSCI 1380 | Introduction to Programming | 3 |

PHYS 2425 | Physics for Scientists and Engineers I | 4 |

PHYS 2426 | Physics for Scientists and Engineers II | 4 |

*Complete any additional one credit hour course from 090 to satisfy the six credit hour requirement. Two credit hours from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 applies. *

## Major Requirements – 78 hours

### Required Courses – 48 hours

PHYS 1311 | Learning to be a Physicist | 3 |

PHYS 2327 | Physics for Scientists and Engineers III | 3 |

PHYS 3305 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS 3303 | Thermodynamics | 3 |

PHYS 3304 | Optics | 3 |

PHYS 3402 | Modern Physics | 4 |

PHYS 3411 | Math Methods in Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 3412 | Math Methods in Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 4305 | Statistical Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS 3301 | Electromagnetic Theory I | 3 |

PHYS 3302 | Electromagnetic Theory II | 3 |

PHYS 4303 | Quantum Mechanics I | 3 |

PHYS 4304 | Quantum Mechanics II | 3 |

PHYS 4300 | Undergraduate Research Project | 3 |

PHYS 4101 | Laboratory Research | 1 |

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PHYS 4306 | Advanced Physics Lab | 3 |

### Pure and Applied Physics Concentration - 18 hours

#### Advanced Physics Electives - 9 hours

Choose any advanced Physics (PHYS) courses.

#### Advanced Science Electives - 9 hours:

Science electives need to be accepted and approved to be suitable by the department chair of the physics department.

Any courses with the prefix ASTR, BENG, BIOL, CSCI, CHEM, ELEE, EEMS, ENGR, ENGT, ENST, ENVR, GEOG, GEOL, MARS, MATE, MATH, MECE, PHYS, PSCI, SAFS, STAT can be used for this requirement.

PHYS 1401/PHYS 1402 and PSCI 1421/PSCI 1422 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

### Support Courses - 12 hours

MATH 2413 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 2414 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 2415 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 3341 | Differential Equations | 3 |

*One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.*

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120