Department of Physics & Astronomy

Catalog 140 B.A.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Freshman Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ENGL 104 Comp. and Rhetoric (3-0) 3 Language, Philosophy and Culture Elective2 (3-0) 3
HIST 105 History of the U.S.2 (3-0) 3 HIST 106 History of the U.S.2 (3-0) 3
MATH 171 Analytic Geom. and Calculus1 (4-0) 4 MATH 172 Calculus1 (4-0) 4
PHYS 101 Topics in Cont. Physics1 (1-0) 1 PHYS 102 Topics in Cont. Physics1 (1-0) 1
CHEM 107 Gen. Chem. for Engr. Students1 (3-0) 3 PHYS 218 Mechanics1 (3-3) 4
CHEM 117 Ge. Chem. for Engr. Lab1 (0-1) 1
Total: 15 Total: 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics1 (3-3) 4 PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits (3-3) 4
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus1 (4-0) 4 PHYS 309 Modern Physics1 (3-0) 3
MATH 308 Differential Equations1 (3-0) 3 PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods I1 (3-0) 3
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics1 (3-0) 3 Elective3 6
Total: 14 Total: 16

Junior Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
PHYS 302 Adv. Mechanics I (3-0) 3 PHYS 327 Experimental Physics5 (1-2) 2
PHYS 304 Adv. Elect. and Magn. I (3-0) 3 PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 5 (1-1) 1
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods II (3-0) 3 PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I (3-0) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective2 (3-0) 3 Communication Elective 4 3
POLS 206 American Nat’l. Govt. 3 POLS 207 State and Local Govt. 3
Electives3 3
Total: 15 Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
Science or Technical Elective6 (2-0) 3 PHYS 401 Computational Physics7 (3-0) 3
Electives3 (1-0) 12 Creative Arts Elective2 3
Electives3 9
Total: 15 Total: 15

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. A minor field must be selected in conference with the student’s advisor. In addition, 6 hours of courses must be in the area of international and cultural diversity. These may be in addition to other University Core Curriculum courses, or if a course in this category satisfies another area of the Core, it can be used to meet both requirements.
  4. Any course in this category from the approved University Core Curriculum list of courses, except THAR 407.
  5. PHYS 327 is an approved W course. PHYS 328 is an approved C course.
  6. Any upper-division ASTR course, any upper-division or graduate PHYS course, or an approved upper-division science or technical elective.
  7. To register for PHYS 401 a student must be able to program in a high level language, such as C or C++. This prerequisite can be satisfied by taking CSCE 206 or the equivalent.