Physics, B.S. - Concentration: General

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I

Tier 3 – Capstone (select one):
EGR 471 - Capstone Experience in Engineering
PHY 471 - Capstone Experience in Physics

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


36 Credits Required

PHY 230 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (‘C-’ or better)
PHY 231 — Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (‘C-’ or better)
PHY 309 — Modern Physics (‘C-’ or better)
PHY 370 — Modern Physics Laboratory (‘C-’ or better)
PHY 400 - Classical Mechanics I
PHY 401 -  Classical Mechanics II
PHY 406 - Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 461 — Methods in Physics Research
Select an additional 12 credits of PHY; No more than 8 credits numbered below PHY 220


11 Credits Required

CHE 121 - General Chemistry II
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III
MAT 245 - Differential Equations
Select one CSC course numbered 102 or higher


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).