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Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013

BS in Physics
(59–62 hours*)


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  1. No more than 3 hours of D credit is allowed in major courses.
  2. Complete the following: Note: Phscs 191 should be taken the first semester as a freshman. Phscs 291 should be taken the first semester as a sophomore.
  3. Complete one of the following options:
  4. Complete one course from the following:
  5. Complete a senior thesis, including the following:
    1. Choose a research mentor and group as early as possible, starting with information in Phscs 191 and 291, and discussions with faculty, your advisor, and senior thesis coordinator. It is best to start as a freshman or sophomore. Interdisciplinary work in other departments or in internships is possible.
    2. Complete two hours of the following

  • Note 1: Students planning careers in experimental, applied, or industrial physics should complete STAT 201.
  • Note 2: Students planning careers in computational physics should, through courses or individual study, learn programming skills and numerical methods beyond what you are taught in our computational physics courses. Consider the following: CS 142, MATH 410, ME EN 373.
  • Note 3: Students planning graduate school in physics should learn complex analysis. Consider the following: MATH 332, PHSCS 601, 602.


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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