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Physics BS

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

Department of Physics

Physics BS 
Course Number and TitleCredits
Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM MATH 170 Calculus I4
DLN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I & Lab4
DLN PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab5
DLV Visual and Performing Arts3
DLL Literature and Humanities3-4
DLS Social Sciences course3
DLS Social Sciences course in a second field3
CS 115 Introduction to C or
CS 117 C++ for Engineers or
CS 119 Introduction to JAVA
MATH 175 Calculus II4
MATH 275 Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
MATH 301 Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 333 Differential Equations with Matrix Theory4
PHYS 212, 212L Physics II with Calculus & Lab5
CID PHYS 301 Analog Electronics4
PHYS 309, 309L Introductory Quantum Physics & Lab4
PHYS 311 Modern Physics3
PHYS 325 Scientific Computing4
PHYS 341 Mechanics4
PHYS 381 Electromagnetic Theory4
PHYS 382 Electrodynamics4
PHYS 432 Thermal Physics4
PHYS 412 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics4
PHYS 481 Advanced Physics Lab3
FF PHYS 499 Physics Seminar1
In addition, complete either the following coursework to graduate with a B.S. in Physics (without an emphasis) or complete the courses listed under one of the emphases below to graduate with a B.S. in Physics with an emphasis.
Must choose PHYS 382 Electrodynamics from above
PHYS 412 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics4
Choose one 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
PHYS 436 Soft Matter
Electives to total 120 credits12-15

Applied Physics Emphasis

Applied Physics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab4
MSE 305 Structure of Materials3
MSE 308 Thermodynamics of Materials or
MSE 310 Electrical Properties of Materials
PHYS 415 Solid State Physics3
PHYS 423 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization3
Electives to total 120 credits4-6

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 credits6-8

Biophysics Emphasis

Biophysics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
BIOL 191 General Biology I4
BIOL 301 Cell Biology3
CHEM 301-302 Survey of Organic Chemistry & Lab or
CHEM 307, 308 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 350 Fundamentals of Biochemistry3
PHYS 307 Introduction to Biophysics4
PHYS 436 Soft Matter3
Electives to total 120 credits4-5

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 and Learning in Mathematics & Science3
STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics3
STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions3
STEM-ED 350 Research Methods3
STEM-ED 410 Project-based Instruction3
STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching6
PHYS 104 Planets and Astrobiology or
PHYS 105 Stars and Cosmology