BS in Physics

This program is designed for those who wish to use their knowledge of physics professionally. A minimum program is specified which provides the student with a mastery of essential aspects of physics and related areas. Elective courses beyond the basic requirements may be chosen to suit the individual interests and needs of the student, such as courses required for admission to medical school or courses in the School of Engineering.

A grade average of C or better in the required science courses is required in this program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Introductory physics: 0174, 0175; or 0475, 0476.
  2. Additional physics: 0477, 1310, 1321, 1331, 1341, 1351, 1370.
  3. Choose 10 credit hours of laboratory courses: ASTRON 1263, PHYS 0219 or 0520, 0525, 1361, 1426.
  4. Mathematics: 0220, 0230, 0240, 0280, 0290; or the corresponding honors courses.
  5. Choose 9 credit hours of science electives from groups A and B, with at least 3 credit hours from B: GROUP A - BIOSC 0150, 0160, BIOENG 1070, 1071, CHEM 0110, 0120, 0310, 0320, CS 0401, 0445, ENGR 0240, GEOL 0040, STAT 1151, 1152; GROUP B - ASTRON 1120, 1121, CHEM 1410, 1420, 1620, ECE 1232, 1247, GEOL 1410, MATH 1470, 1550, 1560, MEMS 1054, PHYS 0481, 1374, 1375, 1376, 1378.

Two areas of concentration are available for the BS in Physics.  Graduate School Preparation is recommended for students who are planning to apply to a graduate program in physics or astronomy.  Education is intened for students who are planning to have a teaching career in secondary education.

Graduation Requirements - Graduate School Preparation

  1. Introductory physics: 0174, 0175; or 0475, 0476.
  2. Additional physics: 0477, 1310, 1321, 1331, 1341, 1351, 1370, 1371, 1372, 1373.
  3. Choose 7 credit hours of laboratory courses: ASTRON 1263, PHYS 0219 or 0520, 0525, 1361, 1426.
  4. Mathematics: 0220, 0230, 0240, 0280, 0290; or the corresponding honors courses.
  5. Choose 9 credit hours of science electives from groups A and B, with at least 3 credit hours from B: GROUP A - BIOSC 0150, 0160, BIOENG 1070, 1071, CHEM 0110, 0120, 0310, 0320, CS 0401, 0445, ENGR 0240, GEOL 0040, STAT 1151, 1152; GROUP B - ASTRON 1120, 1121, CHEM 1410, 1420, 1620, ECE 1232, 1247, GEOL 1410, MATH 1470, 1550, 1560, MEMS 1054, PHYS 0481, 1374, 1375, 1376, 1378.

Graduation Requirements - Education

  1. Introductory physics: 0174, 0175; or 0475, 0476.
  2. Additional physics: 0477, 1310, 1331, 1351.
  3. Choose 10 credit hours of laboratory courses: ASTRON 1263, PHYS 0219 or 0520, 0525, 1361, 1426.
  4. Mathematics: 0220, 0230, 0240, 0280, 0290; or the corresponding honors courses.
  5. Science electives: CHEM 0110, 0120, PHYS 0481
  6. Education related courses: PSYED 1001, ADMPS 1001, IL 1430, IL 1580.
  7. Choose 3 credit hours from courses that emphasize the broader impact of science: Any HPS course, PHYS 0086, 0087.

 

Suggested sequence of courses for the B.S. in Physics

Semester Term

(1) Fall

(2) Spring (3) Fall (4) Spring (5) Fall (6) Spring (7)  Fall (8) Spring
Physics 0174 or 0475 0175 or 0476 0219 or 0520, 0477 0525 1321, 1351 1310, 1331, 1341 1370 1426
Math 0220 or 0230 0230 or 0240 0240 0280 0290      
Electives           Science Science, Lab

Science

 

Suggested sequence of courses for more advanced students

Semester Term (1) Fall (2) Spring (3) Fall (4) Spring (5) Fall (6) Spring (7)  Fall (8) Spring
Physics 0475 0476 0520, 0477 0525, 1331 1351, 1370 1310, 1341 1321 1426
Math 0230 0240, 0280 0290          
Electives           Science Science, Lab Science

 

Suggested sequence of courses for the B.S. in Physics-Graduate School Preparation

Semester Term (1) Fall (2) Spring (3) Fall (4) Spring (5) Fall (6) Spring (7)  Fall (8) Spring
Physics 0174 or 0475 0175 or 0476 0219 or 0520, 0477 0525 1321, 1351 1310, 1331, 1341 1370, 1373 1371, 1372
Math 0220 or 0230 0230 or 0240 0240 0280 0290      
Electives         Lab Science Science Science

 

Suggested sequence of courses for more advanced students 

Semester Term (1) Fall (2) Spring (3) Fall (4) Spring (5) Fall (6) Spring (7)  Fall (8) Spring
Physics 0475 0476 0520, 0477 0525, 1331 1321, 1351, 1370 1310, 1341, 1371 1373 1372
Math 0230 0240, 0280 0290          
Electives         Lab Science Science Science

 

Suggested sequence of courses for the B.S. in Physics- Education

Semester Term (1) Fall (2) Spring (3) Fall (4) Spring (5) Fall (6) Spring (7)Fall (8) Spring
Physics 0174 or 0475 0175 or 0476 0219 or 0520, 0477 0481 1351 0525, 1331   1310
Math 0220 or 0230 0230 or 0240 0240 0280 0290      
Electives CHEM 0110 CHEM 0120   Science    

Ed,

Lab

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