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Physics BS

—Applied Physics Emphasis
—Astrophysics Emphasis
—Biophysics Emphasis
—Secondary Education Emphasis

Physics BS
Course Number and TitleCredits
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
FW ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
FW ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
FM MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications4
FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I & Lab5
FN PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab5
FA Arts course3
FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis) or
FH Humanities course
FS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis) or
FS Social Sciences course
FS Social Sciences course in a second field3
CS 111 Introduction to Programming or
CS 121 Computer Science I and Lab
MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications4
MATH 275 Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
MATH 333 Differential Equations with Matrix Theory4
PHYS 212, 212L Physics II with Calculus & Lab5
FC PHYS 301 Analog and Digital Electronics4
PHYS 309, 309L Introductory Quantum Physics & Lab4
PHYS 311 Introductory Relativistic Physics with Applications3
PHYS 325 Scientific Computing4
PHYS 330, 330L Optics and Lab or
PHYS 382 Electrodynamics
PHYS 341 Classical Mechanics4
PHYS 381 Electromagnetic Theory4
PHYS 432 Thermal Physics4
FF PHYS 499 Physics Seminar1
In addition, complete either the following coursework to graduate with a BS in Physics (without an emphasis) or complete the courses listed under one of the emphases below to graduate with a BS in Physics with an emphasis.
Non-emphasis must choose PHYS 382 Electrodynamics from above
PHYS 412 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics4
Choose one (1) courses from the following
PHYS 307 Introduction to Biophysics
PHYS 330, 330L Optics and Lab
PHYS 405 Astrophysics
PHYS 415 Solid State Physics
PHYS 423 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization
Electives to total 120 credits20-23

Applied Physics Emphasis

Applied Physics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab4
MSE 246 Materials for Society3
MSE 308 Thermodynamics of Materials or
MSE 410 Electrical Properties of Materials
PHYS 415 Solid State Physics3
PHYS 423 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization3
Electives to total 120 credits4-7

Astrophysics Emphasis

Astrophysics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
PHYS 204 Planetary Astronomy4
PHYS 205 Stellar Astronomy4
PHYS 405 Astrophysics3
PHYS 406 Cosmology3
Electives to total 120 credits6-9

Biophysics Emphasis

Biophysics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
BIOL 191 Biology I: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 112, 112L General Chemistry II & Lab4
PHYS 307 Introduction to Biophysics4
PHYS 404 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics4
Electives to total 120 credits4-7

Secondary Education Emphasis

Secondary Education Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design1
STEM-ED 210 Knowing & Learning in Math & Science3
STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions3
STEM-ED 350 Research Methods3
STEM-ED 410 Project-based Instruction3
STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching6
PHYS 104 Life in the Universe or
PHYS 105 Stars and Cosmology