Physics, B.S. - General

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

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
EGR 471 – Capstone Experience in Engineering or PHY 471 – Capstone Experience in Physics 

Select an additional 12 credits of PHY; No more than 8 credits numbered below PHY 220


CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)*
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)*
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III
MAT 245 –  Differential Equations
Select one CSC course numbered 102 or higher