Physics, BS (LAS -Specialized Curriculum)

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics

Major in Physics (Specialized Curriculum)


The LAS Specialized Curriculum in Physics is designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study in physics or a closely allied field. However, students who want to pursue a combined major and minor, a double major, or a double degree should consider the LAS Science and Letters Curriculum in Physics because of the greater flexibility it offers. Students in the Specialized Curriculum beyond the freshman year must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and also a grade point average of 2.5 in all required mathematics and physics courses.

Entering freshmen typically take calculus, chemistry, rhetoric, and PHYS 110 during the first semester and begin the general physics sequence in the second semester. Students with advance placement in mathematics should begin the general physics sequence in the first semester. All students are strongly encouraged to take a Freshman Discovery Seminar during the first year fall semester and plan ahead to allow space in their programs for undergraduate research.

Departmental distinction: Graduation with distinctions awarded to students who complete 8 additional hours of 300- or 400-level physics courses or advanced courses in closely related technical subjects and who have attained cumulative grade point averages as follows: distinction, 3.5; high distinction, 3.8; highest distinction, 3.8 plus acknowledgement of truly outstanding work/research.


General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 126


Fixed Physics Core 38
Physics Careers
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Relativity & Math Applications
Classical Mechanics I
Classical Mechanics II
Electromagnetic Fields I
Electromagnetic Fields II
Thermal & Statistical Physics
Quantum Physics I
Quantum Physics II
Flexible Physics Core (Select two courses from the list below)8-10
Classical Physics Lab
Light (with lab)
Modern Experimental Physics
Electronic Circuits
Acoustical Physics of Music
Supporting Technical Courses 24-26
Calculus I 1
Calculus II
Calculus III
Intro Differential Equations
Intro to Differential Eq Plus
Applied Linear Algebra
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Lab I
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
General Education - Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements.Variable
Free Electives (No restrictions on these courses.)15-35
Minimum Hours85