A major in Physics provides the student with an understanding of the basic laws of nature and physical phenomena at the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Students choose between two (2) program options:

 

  • Physics
  • Engineering physics

In both options, the student acquires knowledge of the fundamental laws of the physical universe, mathematical methods in physics, and great familiarity with research and laboratory techniques. He/she will be well prepared for graduate studies in physics, physics-related fields (biophysics, geophysics, astronomy, etc.), undergraduate and graduate work in engineering or a career in industry.

 


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS


Physics Option Requirements:

Code Course Credit
ME 100 Engineering Orientation 1 2
MATH 140​ Calculus I 1 4​
MATH 141​ Calculus II 1 4​
MATH 300​ Calculus III 1 4​
MATH 331 Differential Equations 1 3
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I with lab 1 ​ 4​
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II with lab 1  4
PHYS 150​ General Physics: Waves, Optics, Modern Physics with lab 1 4​
PHYS 151​ General Physics: Mechanics with lab 1 4​
PHYS 152​ General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism with lab 1 4​
PHYS 203 Intermediate Modern Physics 1 4
CS 170​ Introduction to Scientific and Engineering Programming1 3​
  or CS xxx​   or other approved programming language course1
PHYS 410SI/WI Physics Seminar I 1 1
ME 300WS Technical Communication 1 3
MATH 351​ Applied Mathematics​ 3​
PHYS 208​ ​Optics ​4
PHYS 305​ ​Advanced Mechanics ​3
PHYS 310​ Electromagnetic Theory I​ 3​
PHYS 311​ ​Electromagnetic Theory II 3​
PHYS 413​ ​Quantum Mechanics ​3
                                                                                               Total:​ 67

1. Indicates minimum requirements for dual-degree program students receiving a physics degree.

PHYSICS Option Important Notes:

  • Students planning to attend graduate school in Physics should take PHYS 322 (Thermodynamics) or 
    Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 401), Mathematical Statistics (MATH 305) and/or Linear Algebra (MATH 320).

 

ENGINEERING PHYSICS Option Requirements

Code​ Course​ Credit​
ME 100​ Engineering Orientation 1 ​2
MATH 140​ Calculus I 1 4​
MATH 141​ Calculus II 1 4​
MATH 300​ Calculus III 1 4​
MATH 331​ Differential Equations 1 ​3
CHEM 103​ General Chemistry I with lab 1 ​ ​4
CHEM 104​ General Chemistry II with lab 1 ​ 4​
PHYS 150​ General Physics: Waves, Optics, Modern Physics with lab1 4​
PHYS 151​ General Physics: Mechanics with lab 1 4​
PHYS 152​ General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism with lab 1 4​
PHYS 203​ Intermediate Modern Physics 1 ​4
CS 170​ Introduction to Scientific and Engineering Programming1 3​
  or CS xxx​   other approved programming language course1
PHYS 410SI/WI​ Physics Seminar I 1 ​1
ME 300WS​ Technical Communication 1 ​3
MATH 351​ Applied Mathematics​ ​3
ME 170            Engineering Graphics             ​ 2​
  or ME 270​   Computer Aided Design & Drafting 1
ME 201 Mechanics, Statics 1 3
ME 301 Mechanics, Dynamics1 3
ME 322 Thermodynamics I 1 3
EE 340 Instrumentation Lab 1 1
EE 370 Circuit Analysis 1 3
                                                                                         Subtotal:​ 66​

AND any two (2) of the following courses: 

Code Course Credit
PHYS 208 Optics, 4cr                                                                   
PHYS 305 Advanced Mechanics, 3 cr                                            
PHYS 310 Electromagnetic Theory I, 3 cr   
PHYS 311 Electromagnetic Theory II, 3 cr  
PHYS 413 Quantum Mechanics, 3 cr  
                                                                                        Subtotal:​ 6-7​
​                                                                                               Total: 72-73​

 

1. Indicates minimum requirements for dual-degree program students receiving a physics degree.

ENGINEERING PHYSICS Option Important Notes:

  • Additional information concerning the dual-degree program in engineering is found under Engineering in this section.

 


MINOR REQUIREMENTS



A minor in Physics consists of 18 credit hours in physics courses, which must include the following:

Code Course Credit
PHYS 150 General Physics: Waves, Optics, Modern Physics  4
PHYS 151 General Physics: Mechanics  4
PHYS 152   General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism  4
PHYS xxx​ ​Additional six (6) credit hours of physics courses ​ 6
numbered 200 or higher for a minimum of 18 credit hours​
   Total:  18

 

 

 


 

 

PHYSICS EDUCATION - SECONDARY LEVEL



Students who plan to teach Physics on the secondary level should complete the education minor in consultation with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.

 

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