Jul 13, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, BS

Required Credit Hours: 34

(Honors and the Premed track have additional requirements. See below.)

Major Computing Requirements:

The departmental computer proficiency requirement is satisfied through the completion of course work demonstrating programming ability. This is typically satisfied by completion of PHYS 256 . Students may petition the Physics Undergraduate Committee to satisfy the requirement by another course or a senior/honors research project that demonstrates computational proficiency.

Major Writing Requirements:

Core Requirements:

Students completing a major in physics must take the following courses. Substitutions for these requirements must be approved by the departmental undergraduate committee and the chair. The requirement of senior project or Honors insures that all majors will engage in independent research during the senior year. Because of the extensive facilities available through the graduate program of the department, the senior projects generally deal with problems at the frontiers of physics. It is only through being actively involved in such pursuits that a student can appreciate the nature of the discipline.

Additional Information:

Students who plan to attend graduate school in physics should take all of the courses listed above including the courses below. To prepare for some engineering or professional programs it may be appropriate to substitute courses or elect additional courses.

Suitable mathematics courses should also be taken, including the MATH courses listed below.