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The B.S. in Physics is a degree conferred by the College of Arts and Science. It is a degree which prepares a student for either direct employment after graduation, or in the pursuit of an advanced degree.

The B.S. requirements are composed of a core, which all physics students must take, and a set of technical and other electives chosen arranged in six possible options depending on the interests of the student. The total required credit hours is 191.

- Required Physics: 51 hours. This is a minimum, as most options require additional
physics courses.
- 131-2-3; 261-2-3;295; 416; 555; 596; 621; 631; 616

- Required Math: 27 hours
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry:

151-152-153-254

OR 161-162-263 (accelerated sequence) - Vector Analysis:

513: Vector Analysis for Engineers - focuses on applications of vector algebra. 3 credit hours

OR 551: Vector Analysis - focuses on vector operations and applications. 5 credit hours - Differential Equations:

415: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. 4 credit hours - Math - Physics Double Majors:

Take H520 and H521 instead of 513 and 415

- Calculus and Analytic Geometry:
- Prerequisite Courses: 4 hours
- CS&E 202 (prerequisite for Physics 416)

- College requirements: 70 hours. Assumes drop-a-course and double counting of writing
requirement.
- There are a total of 70 hours of GEC required. More infomration on GEC requirements can be found at the College of Arts and Sciences website under GEC's for Bachelor of Science. The current link is here
- An important note: some options have
**required**GEC courses. See the table below.

- Technical and other electives: 43 hours
- Distributed between technical and free electives, depending on which option plan A-F is chosen - see table below.

- Math 514: Complex variables - introducton to complex variables, analytic functions, complex integral theorems, power series, residues, and conformal mapping. 3 credit hours.
- Math 580/581: Abstract Algebra- Elementary number theory, group theory, vector spaces, linear transformations, and field theory.

Option |
Purpose |
Additional Required Physics |
Required GEC (required by this option, but count towards GEC) |
Required Technical Electives |
Free Electives |

A | Advanced Physics | 28 hours: 622;632-633;664; 656-657; 517 |
Math 568 | 12 hours | |

B | Physical, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences | 12 hours: 632; 656; 517 |
Math 568 plus 16 hours (see these notes) | 12 hours | |

C | Biophysics & Biomedical Physics | 4 hours: 517 or 622 or 632 or 656 | Chem 121 or H201; Bio 113 or H115 | 24 hours(see these notes) | 15 hours |

D | Pre-Med | none | Bio 113-114 | 40 hours(see these notes) | 3 hours |

E | Secondary Education Physics certification | 5 hours: 670 | Bio 113; Chem 121 | 25 hours(see these notes) | 13 hours |

F | Personalized | 4 hours: 517 or 622 or 632 or 656 | 18 hours(see these notes) | 21 hours |

ADVANCED PHYSICS

- Additional Required Physics (28 hours): 622; 632 633; 664; 656 657; 517
- Required Technical Electives (3 hours): Math 568 (OR Math 571)
- Free Electives: (12 hours)

Students planning to attend graduate school in physics should consider taking one or more Physics 780.xx classes as part of their free electives.

PHYSICAL, MATHEMATICAL, AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES

- Additional Required Physics (12 hours): 632; 656; 517
- Required Technical Electives (19 hours): Math 568 (OR Math 571) 3 credit hours.
- Notes on additional technical electives: A total of 16 hours must be selected from courses at or above the
200
level in any of the following departments. These courses may not
``double count" toward the GEC nor toward the mathematics requirements
in the physics core curriculum. The selection must be coherent and must
be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC).

- Physics
- Astronomy
- Mathematics
- Chemistry
- Geology
- Statistics
- Computer and Information Science
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering

- Free Electives: (12 hours)

BIOPHYSICS AND BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS

- Additional Required Physics (4 hours): 517 or 622 or 632 or 656
- GEC courses: Students are required to take the following courses, which may be counted toward the GEC requirements: Chemistry 121 (or H201) Biology 113 (or H115)
- Required Technical Electives (24 hours):
- Chemistry 122 123 or H202 203 (10 hours)
- Chemistry 251 252 (6 hours)
- In addition, a total of at least 8 hours must be selected from
courses at or above the 200 level in any of the following departments. The
course selection must be coherent and must be approved by the
Undergraduate Studies Committee.

- Biochemistry
- Molecular Genetics
- Microbiology
- Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
- Biomedical Engineering
- Radiology
- Plant Biology

- Free Electives: (15 hours)

PRE MED OPTION

- Additional Required Physics: none
- GEC courses: Students are required to take the following courses,
which may be counted toward the GEC requirements:
- Biology 113 114

- Notes on Required Technical Electives (40 hours):
- Molecular Genetics 500 (OR Biochemistry 511)(5 hours)
- Chemistry 251 252 253 (9 hours)
- Chemistry 121 122 123 (15 hours)
- Chemistry 254 255 (6 hours)

- Free Electives (3 hours):

SECONDARY EDUCATION: PHYSICS CERTIFICATION

- Additional Required Physics (5 hours): 670
- GEC courses: Students are required to take the following courses,
which
may be counted toward the GEC requirements:
- Biology 113 (5 hours)
- Chemistry 121 (5 hours)

- Notes on Required Technical Electives (25 hours):
- Chemistry 122-123 (10 hours)
- Geology 110 or Geology 122 (5 hours)
- Astronomy 291 (5 hours)
- Geography 520 (5 hours)

- Free Electives (13 hours)

PERSONALIZED PROGRAM OPTION

- Additional Required Physics (4 hours): 517 or 622 or 632 or 656
- Notes on Required Technical Electives (18 hours): Notes on Required Technical Electives (18 hours): These must form a coherent set of courses in a particular area or related areas of study, and must be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Courses utilized in pursuit of a minor, major, or dual degree can count towards this requirement.
- Technical Electives must be 200 level or above.