# Physics Major (Bachelor of Science)

A student majoring in physics must complete 61 quarter hours in the major, the required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Senior students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination, general and subject (Physics) sections and report the results to the Physics Department.

Each Bachelor of Science major is required to perform either: 1) a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program or equivalent; 2) an industrial co-op experience; or 3) an on-campus project undertaken with departmental faculty under the course listing PHYS 479, Directed Research/Project.

### Required Courses:

PHYS 251 | Principles of Physics | 3 |

PHYS 252 | Principles of Physics | 3 |

PHYS 253 | Principles of Physics | 3 |

PHYS 254 | Principles of Physics Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 255 | Principles of Physics Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 256 | Principles of Physics Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 310 | Modern Physics I | 3 |

PHYS 311 | Modern Physics II | 3 |

PHYS 313 | Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 314 | Modern Physics Laboratory I | 1 |

PHYS 316 | Modern Physics Laboratory II | 1 |

PHYS 340 | Introduction to Matlab and Mathematica | 2 |

PHYS 401 | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 402 | Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 414 | Experimental Physics I | 1 |

PHYS 415 | Experimental Physics II | 1 |

PHYS 419 | Graduate Review | 1 |

PHYS 420 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS 421 | Classical Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS 422 | Quantum Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS 423 | Quantum Mechanics | 3 |

PHYS | Electives | 11 |

Total Credit Hours: | 61 |

PHYS 251, PHYS 252, and PHYS 253: Students completing PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213 may meet the PHYS 251, PHYS 252, PHYS 253 requirement upon departmental validation

### Electives:

Physics electives may be chosen from the following courses or chosen in consultation with advisor:

PHYS 307 | Astrophysics | 4 |

PHYS 312 | Physical Electronics (or ENGR 312) | 3 |

PHYS 315 | Physical Electronics Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 323 | Modern Optics | 3 |

PHYS 324 | Modern Optics Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 331 | Introduction to Nanotechnology | 3 |

PHYS 332 | Introduction to Nanotechnology Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 435 | Mathematical Physics (or MATH 435) | 4 |

PHYS 470 | Biophysics (or BIOL 470) | 4 |

### Required Cognates:

CHEM 141 | General Chemistry | 3 |

CHEM 142 | General Chemistry | 3 |

CHEM 143 | General Chemistry | 3 |

CHEM 144 | General Chemistry Laboratory | 1 |

CHEM 145 | General Chemistry Laboratory | 1 |

CHEM 146 | General Chemistry Laboratory | 1 |

CPTR 141 | Fundamentals of Programming I | 4 |

ENGR 228 | Circuit Analysis | 4 |

MATH 181 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 281 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 282 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 283 | Calculus IV | 4 |

MATH 289 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |

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MATH 423 | Complex Analysis | 4 |

MATH 312 | Ordinary Differential Equations | 4 |

### Recommended Courses:

ENGR 325 | Instrumentation | 3 |

ENGR 354 | Digital Logic | 3 |

MATH 315 | Probability and Statistics | 4 |

MATH 341 | Numerical Analysis | 4 |

MATH 413 | Partial Differential Equations | 4 |

MATH 423 | Complex Analysis | 4 |