B.S. in Physics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics combines a strong mathematics foundation with an intense physics curriculum comparable to that of major physics programs nationwide. Our approach emphasizes undergraduate research and hands-on skills (particularly in instrumentation, optics and electronics), as well as computing skills. The degree offers three concentrations. 

  • Broad Track: Includes coursework introductory to condensed matter, particle physics and gravitational physics. Ideal for students planning to pursue graduate degrees in physics or engineering.
  • Professional Track: Includes advanced hands-on skills and business coursework in law, management and entrepreneurship. Ideal for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
  • Astronomy Track: Ideal for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Ideal for students who wish to prepare for a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

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Program Type

Major

Degree

Bachelor's

Duration

4-year

Required Credit Hours

126

Required Courses

  • PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics 1
  • PHYS 211L General Analytical Physics 1 lab
  • PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics 2
  • PHYS 212L General Analytical Physics 2 lab
  • PHYS 302 Optics
  • PHYS 312 Optics lab
  • PHYS 374 Modern Physics
  • PHYS 332 Electronics 
  • PHYS 350 Math Methods
  • PHYS 401 Thermal Physics 
  • PHYS 404 Solid State Physics
  • PHYS 105 Career Development
  • PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics
  • PHYS 461 Mechanics 
  • PHYS 464 Advanced Lab 
  • PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism 
  • PHYS 473 Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 475 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 482W Particle Physics 
  • PHYS 491 Introductory Materials Science 1
  • PHYS 499W Senior Research
  • MATH 115 Calculus 1
  • MATH 116 Calculus 2
  • MATH 215 Calculus 3
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 314 Differential Equations
  • Elective math: numerical analysis or approved statistics
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 121L General Chemistry 1 lab
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 122L General Chemistry 2 lab
  • ENLG 302W Science Writing