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B.S. Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science with a major in physics requires the following courses in addition to the University's General Education requirements:

COGNATE COURSES

CHE 111/111L and 112/112L General Chemistry I & II
CIS 103 Scientific Programming
MAT 111 & 112 Calculus I & II
MAT 211 Calculus III
MAT 214 Linear Algebra
MAT 314 Differential Equations

PHYSICS COURSES

PHY 121/121L Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 122/122L Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 123/123L Physics III: Waves, Light, and Heat
PHY 211 Modern Physics
PHY 321 & 322 Mathematical Physics I & II
PHY 331 Classical Mechanics
PHY 332 Electromagnetic Theory
PHY 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHY 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
PHY 421 or 422 Undergraduate Research
PHY (Electives) 9 hours at 300-500 level

SAMPLE PLAN OF STUDY
The following outlines illustrate ways in which courses can be arranged to satisfy the requirements for the B.S. degree in physics. These are suggested study plans, not mandatory plans.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) IN PHYSICS (125 hours)

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
GED-C 100 First Year Seminar I (1)
ENG-C 105 English Composition I (3)
Social Science Requirement (3)
MAT 111 Calculus I (4)
PHY 121/121L Physics I: Mechanics (4)

Second Semester: 15 hours
GED-C 101 First Year Seminar II (1)
LIB-C 101 Information Technology and Computer Application (3)
ENG-C 106 English Composition II (3)
MAT 112 Calculus II (4)
PHY 122/122L Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester: 17 hours
STA-C 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
ENG-C 201/2 World Literature I or II (3)
HIS-C 201 U.S., Africa and the World I (3)
MAT 211 Calculus III (4)
PHY 123/123L Physics III: Waves, Light, and Heat (4)

Second Semester: 18 hours
HIS-C 202 U.S., Africa and the World II (3)
HUM-C Humanities Requirement (3)
PSY-C Psychology Requirement (3)
PHY 211 Modern Physics (3)
MAT 214 Linear Algebra (3)
PHY 321 Mathematical Physics I (3)

JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester: 17 hours
PHI/REL-C Philosophy/Religion Requirement (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
PED-C 101/2 Physical Education Requirement (1)
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry (4)
PHY 331 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHY 322 Mathematical Physics II (3)

Second Semester: 16 hours
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
HUM-C Humanities Requirement (3)
CHE 112/112L General Chemistry (4)
MAT 212 Differential Equations (3)
PHY 332 Electromagnetic Theory (3)

SENIOR YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
CIS 103 FORTRAN Programming (3)
PHY 411 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
PHY 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHY 421 or 422 Undergraduate Research (3)
Physics elective (300-level or above) (3)

Second Semester: 12 hours
General Electives (6)
Physics electives (300-level or above) (6)

5-YEAR B.S./M.S. IN PHYSICS (152 semester hours)

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester: 15 hours
PHY 121/121L Physics I: Mechanics (4)
MAT 111 Calculus I (4)
GED-C 100 First Year Seminar I (1)
ENG-C 105 English Composition I (3)
Social Science Requirement (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
PHY 122/122L Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)
MAT 112 Calculus II (4)
GED-C 101 First Year Seminar II (1)
LIB-C 101 Information Technology and Computer Application (3)
ENG-C 106 English Composition II (3)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester: 17 hours
STA-C 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
ENG-C 201/2 World Literature I or II (3)
HIS-C 201 U.S., Africa and the World I (3)
PHY 123/123L Physics III: Waves, Light, and Heat (4)
MAT 211 Calculus III (4)

Second Semester: 18 hours
HIS-C 202 U.S., Africa and the World II (3)
HUM-C Humanities Requirement (3)
PSY-C Psychology Requirement (3)
PHY 211 Modern Physics I (3)
MAT 212 Differential Equations (3)
PHY 321 Mathematical Physics I (3)

JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester: 17 hours
PHI/REL-C Philosophy/Religion Requirement (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
PED-C 101/2 Physical Education Requirement (1)
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry (4)
PHY 331 Classical Mechanics (3)
PHY 322 Mathematical Physics II(3)/PHY 531 Mathematical Physics I (3)

Second Semester: 16 hours
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
HUM-C Humanities Requirement (3)
PHY 332 Electromagnetic Theory (3)
MAT 214 Linear Algebra (3)
CHE 112/112L General Chemistry (4)

SENIOR YEAR
First Semester: 12 hours
PHY 411 Thermodynamics and Stat. Methods (3)
PHY 412 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHY 421 Undergraduate Research (3)
PHY 501 Classical Mechanics (3)

Second Semester: 12 hours
CIS 103 FORTRAN Programming (3)
PHY 532 Mathematical Methods II (3)
PHY 503 Electrodynamics (3)
PHY Undergraduate Physics elective (3)

5TH-YEAR
First Semester: 12 hours
PHY 515 Quantum Mechanics I (3)
PHY 520 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
PHY Physics elective (3)
PHY 603 Thesis Research I (3)

Second Semester: 12 hours
PHY 516 Quantum Mechanics II (3)
PHY Physics elective (3)
PHY Physics elective (3)
PHY 604 Thesis Research II (3)
ELECTIVES MUST BE APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON

See Graduate Catalog for graduate course descriptions (500-600 level courses).



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