Oct 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, Fundamental Studies Concentration, B.S.

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

Fundamental Studies 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.

Fundamental Studies Concentration

The fundamental studies concentration is designed to prepare students for immediate post-baccalaureate employment or for entrance to advanced study in physics or related areas.

Choose among the following electives (if not enrolled in PHYS 499): 3-4 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following research courses: 2-6 Credit Hours

Need a minumum of two credit hours of research from this area.

Total: 19-20 Credit Hours


1 Students completing honors theses should take PHYS 499  in both the fall and spring semesters of their senior year for a total of 6 credit hours. Alternatively students could complete their theses over three semesters (spring of junior year, fall and spring of senior year, with two credits of PHYS 499 each semester, for a total of 6 credit hours).

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

Fundamental Studies 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.