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Catalog 137 B.S.

Bachelor of Science Degree

Freshman Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ENGL 104 Comp. and Rhetoric(3-0)3CHEM 107 Gen. Chem. for Engr. Students1(3-0)3
HIST 105 History of the U.S.2(3-0)3CHEM 117 Gen. Chem. for Engr. Lab1(0-1)1
MATH 171 Analytic Geom. and Calculus1(4-0)4HIST 106 History of the U.S.2(3-0)3
PHYS 101 Topics in Cont. Physics1(1-0)1MATH 172 Calculus1(4-0)4
PHYS 218 Mechanics1(3-3)4PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics1(3-3)4
PHYS 102 Topics in Cont. Physics1(1-0)1
Total: 15 Total: 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus1(4-0)4PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods I1(3-0)3
MATH 308 Differential Equations1(3-0)3PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits(3-3)4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics1(3-0)3PHYS 309 Modern Physics1(3-0)3
POLS 206 American Nat’l. Govt.(3-0)3POLS 207 State & Local Govt.(3-0)3
Language, Philosophy and Culture elective23Communication elective33
Total: 16 Total: 16

Junior Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods II(3-0)3PHYS 305 Adv. Elec. and Magn. II(3-0)3
PHYS 302 Adv. Mechanics I(3-0)3PHYS 303 Adv. Mechanics II(3-0)3
PHYS 304 Adv. Elect. and Magn. I(3-0)3PHYS 327 Exptl. Physics(2-3)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective23PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I(3-0)3
Creative Arts elective2(3-0)3Electives43
Total: 15 Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
PHYS 408 Thermo. and Stat. Mechanics(4-0)4PHYS 401 Computational Physics5(3-0)3
PHYS 414 Quantum Mechanics II(3-0)3PHYS 425 Physics Lab(0-6)2
PHYS 444 Art of Scientific Comm. I7(2-0)1PHYS 491 Research(0-2)2
PHYS 445 Art of Scientific Comm. II7(1-0)2Science or Technical elective63
PHYS 426 Physics Lab(0-6)2Electives43
PHYS 491 Research(0-2)2
Total: 14 Total: 13

Notes:

  1. A physics major must complete the foundation courses (PHYS 101, 102, 218, 208, 221, 309, 331, CHEM 107/117, MATH 171, 172, 221, 308) with a grade of ‘C’ or better and have a 2.0 cumulative GPR before taking non-foundation upper-level physics courses.
  2. Any course in this category from the approved University Core Curriculum list of courses.
  3. Any approved communication course with an ENGL prefix.
  4. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. If a student has not fulfilled the 6 hours international and cultural diversity requirement of the University Core Curriculum with courses used to meet other areas of the Core, they must fulfill this requirement with their elective hours.
  5. To register for PHYS 401 a student must be able to program in a high level language, such as FORTRAN, Java or C. This prerequisite can be satisfied by taking CSCE 206 or the equivalent.
  6. ASTR 314 or any 400-level physics, science or technical elective, except the writing intensive courses, PHYS 444 and 445.
  7. Approved W course designation.

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