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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Physics, Individual Option Concentration, B.S.

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Physics Degree and Major Requirements, B.S.

Degree and major requirements for the B.S. program in physics.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3 Credit Hours
  • Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3-4 Credit Hours
  • University electives 0-19 Credit Hours
  • Major core requirements (listed below) 50 Credit Hours 2
  • Major program concentration requirements 13-36 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 Some major core courses simultaneously satisfy degree and some General Education  requirements so that a student need not take more than 120 credit hours to satisfy graduation requirements.

Major Core Requirements

Shared Core Requirements for All B. S. Physics Majors.

Choose one of the following pair of introductory courses: 6 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following pair of laboratory courses: 2 Credit Hours

Individual Option Cognate Disciplines

Courses in related fields required of all B. S. Physics Majors.

Total: 50 Credit Hours

Includes the Physics Required Introductory, Laboratory, 200 Level and above, as well as Cognate Required Courses. This is the shared core for the overall Physics B. S.

Individual Option Concentration

The individual option is a course of studies chosen specifically to match the interest and career plans of the student. This option will allow custom designed cross disciplinary majors such as chemical physics, as well as majors designed for students whose educational and career goals are not met by the existing concentrations in the major.

A student electing the individual option must complete the core requirements for the B.S. in physics and will select a program consisting of a coherent collection of a minimum of 25 additional credits of physics courses numbered above 270, astronomy courses numbered above 301 and courses in related fields.

This individualized program must be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser in the department, and must be approved by that adviser, the department head and one other faculty member in the department. The student needs to declare this concentration at least three semesters prior to graduation.

The individualized program, as approved by the department and accepted by the student, becomes the major requirements for that student.

Students are expected to review progress toward completion of the selected program of study with their faculty adviser.

Recommended Schedule for Physics Majors, B.S.

Choose one of the following pair of courses: 6 Credit Hours

Introductory Physics Courses for Majors.

Choose one of the following pair of laboratory courses: 2 Credit Hours

The corresponding laboratory courses associated with either PHYS 240 /PHYS 250  or PHYS 140 /PHYS 150 .

Total: 34-37 Credit Hours

Individual Option Second Year

Total: 31-35 Credit Hours

Third and Fourth Years

During their junior and senior years, students will select courses to complete the specific program concentration which they are following. These course selections will be made with the assistance of a faculty adviser.

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