Undergraduate Program

BS in Physics

The BS degree is an intensive program that prepares students for graduate school in physics or a related field. Students planning to pursue graduate study normally elect the BS program.

Pre-Concentration Requirements

Before starting with the requirements for the BS degree, each student must complete the following pre-concentration requirements:

One of the following calculus sequences:

Three introductory physics courses*:

*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are also acceptable.

Concentration Requirements

The following six physics courses or their close equivalents:

One of the following writing courses:

One four-credit 200-300 level physics and/or astronomy course.

Two courses in advanced mathematics:

Computer literacy can be satisfied by:

One course in astronomy or a course in a natural science other than physics and astronomy.

At least a 2.0 (C) average in astronomy, physics and mathematics courses must be maintained and all choices must be approved by the undergraduate physics advisor.

Note: Equivalent graduate-level courses may be substituted when appropriate. Well-prepared students might consider taking the graduate quantum mechanics sequence (PHY 407/408) in their senior year in place of PHY 246.