Physics, Bachelor of Science

Offered by Department of Physics and Astronomy

General Studies
Foundational Requirements (LOPERs 1-4)14
LOPER 4: Mathematics, Statistics, and Quantitative Reasoning
Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 1
Broad Knowledge Requirements (LOPERs 5-8)11
Take any one course in LOPER 5, LOPER 6, or LOPER 7 that satisfies a Dispositional Requirement (LOPER 9 or LOPER 10) and a Broad Knowledge Requirement. The courses that meet these criteria are listed at See advisor for assistance.
LOPER 8: Natural Science
General Physics I (Calculus)
General Physics I (Calculus) Laboratory
Dispositional Requirements (LOPERS 9-10) 26
Wellness (LOPER 11) Optional0
BS Science-related course requirements8
Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
Differential Equations
Program Specified Requirements5
General Physics II (Calculus)
General Physics II (Calculus) Laboratory
Major Option
Complete all required courses36
Minor or 2nd Major
Complete all required courses 324
Unrestricted Electives
Needed to reach 120 credit hour minimum16
Total Credit Hours120

Major Option

Physics Requirements
PHYS 123Freshman Physics Seminar3
PHYS 346Modern Physics I4
PHYS 410Mathematical Techniques in Physics I3
PHYS 420Advanced Physics Laboratory3
Physics Electives
Select 14 credit hours from the following:14
Analytic Mechanics
Electricity & Magnetism
Quantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Research in Physics
Physics Math Requirements
MATH 260Calculus III5
Physics Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 160General Chemistry3
CHEM 160LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory1
Total Credit Hours36

Students without sufficient preparation will also need to take the following courses, increasing the total credit hours needed:

  • MATH 102
  • MATH 103

Designated courses with the appropriate content approved to satisfy one of the Broad Knowledge requirements plus LOPER 9 or a Broad Knowledge requirement plus LOPER 10.  Some courses approved satisfy LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone.  Choosing a course that satisfies the Broad Knowledge requirement AND LOPER 9 or the Broad Knowledge Requirement AND LOPER 10 will reduce the total general studies hours.


A minor or second major is required for a complete degree program. The number of required electives needed to reach 120 total credit hours overall will depend upon the specific program chosen