2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts

Physics Major with Physics Education Option

Program Curriculum

Degree Core Requirements
PHYS 2504Math Methods in Physics 13
PHYS 3314Intermediate Laboratory3
PHYS 3324Modern Physics 14
PHYS 3355Intermediate Mechanics 13
PHYS 3405Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 13
PHYS 3704Thermal Physics 13
PHYS 4315Modern Experimental Physics 12
Subtotal21
Option Required Courses 2
PHYS 2325
PHYS 2326
Seminar for Physics Majors
and Seminar for Physics Majors 1
2
PHYS 3655Introduction to Astrophysics 13
or PHYS 3656 Introduction to Astrophysics
MATH 2114Introduction to Linear Algebra 13
or MATH 2114H Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2204Introduction to Multivariable Calculus 13
or MATH 2204H Introduction to Multivariable Calculus
MATH 3214Calculus of Several Variables 13
Select one of the following:2-3
Introduction to Programming in Python
Introduction to Software Design
Object-Oriented Engineering Problem Solving with C++ 1
Computational Methods 1
Subtotal16-17
Science Courses
Select 20-22 credit from one of the following four emphases:20-22
Astronomy Emphasis
Introduction to Astronomy
Astronomy Laboratory
Black Holes
Observational Astrophysics 1
Introduction to Astrophysics 3
Introduction to Astrophysics
Principles of Biology
General Chemistry 1
Biology Emphasis
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
BIOL course 4
BIOL course 4
Introduction to Astronomy
Earth Science: Our Past, Present, and Future
General Chemistry 1
Chemistry Emphasis
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry Laboratory
and General Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM course 4
CHEM course 4
Introduction to Astronomy
Earth Science: Our Past, Present, and Future
Principles of Biology
Geology Emphasis
Earth Science: Our Past, Present, and Future
Introduction to Earth Sciences Laboratory
Earth Resources, Society, and Environment
Earth Resources, Society and Environment Laboratory
GEOS course 4
GEOS course 4
Principles of Biology
General Chemistry 1
Subtotal20-22
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
Quantum Information Technologies 1
Quantum Optics and Qubit Processors 1
Introduction to Nuclear Physics 1
Introduction to Solid State Physics 1
Polymer Physics 1
Nanotechnology 1
Optics 1
Modern Classical Physics 1
Modern Cosmology 1
Introduction to General Relativity 1
Introduction to Biophysics 1
Soft Matter Physics 1
Introduction to Computational Physics 1
Intro to Physics of Galaxies 1
Subtotal3
Free Electives
Select 8-11 credits8-11
Subtotal8-11
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse 5
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
Select three credits in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
Select six credits in Pathway 36
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences 5
PHYS 2305
PHYS 2306
Foundations of Physics
and Foundations of Physics 1
8
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking 5
MATH 1225Calculus of a Single Variable (5F)4
MATH 1226Calculus of a Single Variable (5F)4
MATH 2214Introduction to Differential Equations (5A) 13
or MATH 2214H Introduction to Differential Equations
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select 6 credits. 3 in design + 3 in arts, or 6 in integrated design & arts)6
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits Pathway 73
Subtotal49
Total Credits117-123
1

Indicates a course with prerequisites or corequisites.

2

MATH 1225 Calculus of a Single Variable-MATH 1226 Calculus of a Single Variable1 and MATH 2214 Introduction to Differential Equations1 or MATH 2214H Introduction to Differential Equations1 and PHYS 2305 Foundations of Physics-PHYS 2306 Foundations of Physicsare also required of all Physics Majors within the B.A. Degree Program in Physics. They are listed in Pathways to General Education Requirements.  

3

Exclusive of the choice made in Option Required Courses.

4

2000-level or higher. These courses may have prerequisites or corequisites

5

The following course sequence is required of all students majoring in Physics within the B.A. Degree in Physics. 

Accepted Substitutions

Foreign Language Requirement

Students who did not successfully complete at least two years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language during high school must successfully complete six credits of a single foreign, classical, or sign language at the college level. Courses taken to meet this requirement do not count toward the credits required for graduation. Please consult the Undergraduate Course Catalog for details.

Satisfactory Progress Toward Degree

A student will be certified as making satisfactory progress toward the B.A. degree in Physics by satisfying the university’s academic eligibility requirements, as well as the following requirements:

  • Upon having attempted 60 credit hours, the student will have completed Concept 1 requirements, the Mathematics requirements as well as PHYS 2305 Foundations of Physics-PHYS 2306 Foundations of PhysicsPHYS 2325 Seminar for Physics Majors-PHYS 2326 Seminar for Physics MajorsPHYS 2504 Math Methods in Physics, and PHYS 3324 Modern Physics.
  • Upon having attempted 45 credit hours, the student must have 2.0 overall and in-major GPAs. All PHYS courses attempted are used in the calculation of the in-major GPA. Non-PHYS courses used as Accepted Substitutions are not used in the calculation of the in-major GPA.
  • Upon having attempted 72 credit hours, the student will have completed the foreign language requirement by the close of the academic year (spring semester). [College of Science requirement]
  • Upon having attempted 96 credit hours, the student will have completed all credits for the Pathways to General Education.

Outcomes Assessment

Each student is required to participate in the department’s Outcomes Assessment procedures as determined by each year’s Undergraduate Program Committee and approved by the Department Chair.

Minimum Hours and GPA Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 credit hours must be completed for graduation. A minimum overall and in-major GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. All PHYS courses attempted are used in the calculation of the in-major GPA. Non-PHYS courses used as Accepted Substitutions are not used in the calculation of the in-major GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Courses in this checksheet marked with Footnote 1 have prerequisites or corequisites. Please check with your advisor or consult the Undergraduate Course Catalog.