DEGREE PROGRAMS
SECTION 7
 
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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Charles E. Bland, Interim Chairperson, N-209 Howell Science Complex

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

A minimum grade of C in PHYS 2350 and 2360 is required before a student may take any physics course for which PHYS 2360 is prerequisite.

BA IN PHYSICS

The BA is designed for students interested in employment in nontechnical fields or in graduate study in the social sciences, business, and the humanities depending on elective choices.  Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.), including those listed below.
MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)  or equivalent
42 s.h.
2.
Foreign language through level 1004.
12 s.h.
3.
Core.
PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2360)
PHYS 2350, 2360. University Physics (4,4) (GE:SC) (C for 2350: MATH 2121 or 2171; P for 2360: PHYS 2350)
PHYS 3700, 3701. Advanced Laboratory (3,0) (3700:WI) (S) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4416. Modern Physics I (3) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4417. Modern Physics II (3) (S) (P: PHYS 4416)
19 s.h
4.
Cognates.
MATH 1085. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C)
MATH 2171, 2172, 2173. Calculus I, II, III (4,4,4) (F,S,SS)  (GE:MA) (P for 2171: MATH 1085 or 2122 with a minimum grade of C; P for 2172: MATH 2122 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 2171; P for 2173MATH 2172)
17 s.h.
5.
Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.  

BS IN PHYSICS

The BS is a traditional physics program designed for students interested in graduate study in physics or engineering.  Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.), including those listed below.
CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; RC: MATH 1075 or 1085)
MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)  or equivalent
42 s.h.
2.
Core.
PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2360)
PHYS 2350, 2360. University Physics (4,4) (GE:SC) (C for 2350: MATH 2121 or 2171; P for 2360: PHYS 2350)
PHYS 3700, 3701. Advanced Laboratory (3,0) (3700:WI) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4120. Thermodynamics (3) (S-OY) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4226. Mechanics I (3) (F) (P: MATH 2173; PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4310. Modern Optics (3) (F-EY) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4326. Electricity and Magnetism I (3) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4416. Modern Physics I (3) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4417. Modern Physics II (3) (S) (P: PHYS 4416)
PHYS 4560. Mathematical Methods for Physics (3) (S) (P: MATH 2173; PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4610. Electronics (3) (F-OY) (P: PHYS 2021, 2360)
Choose 3 s.h. of PHYS electives above 2999
40 s.h.
3.
Cognates.
MATH 1085. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C)
MATH 2171, 2172, 2173. Calculus I, II, III (4,4,4) (F,S,SS)  (GE:MA) (P for 2171: MATH 1085 or 2122 with a minimum grade of C; P for 2172: MATH 2122 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 2171; P for 2173MATH 2172)
MATH 4331. Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3) (F,S) (P: MATH 2173)
20 s.h.
4.
Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
(Preengineering students should see Section 6, Undergraduate Studies: Preprofessional and Two-Year Curricula: Two-Year Engineering Curriculum.)
 

BSAP (BS IN APPLIED PHYSICS)

The BSAP is designed for student interested in employment in technical fields or in graduate study in engineering, business, public health, medicine, environmental science, and related technical fields depending on elective choices.  Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.), including those listed below.
CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; RC: MATH 1075 or 1085)
MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)  or equivalent
42 s.h.
2.
Core.
PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2260)
PHYS 2350, 2360. University Physics (4,4) (GE:SC) (C for 2350: MATH 2121 or 2171; P for 2360: PHYS 2350)
PHYS 3700, 3701. Advanced Laboratory (3,0) (3700:WI) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4310. Modern Optics (3) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4416. Modern Physics I (3) (F) (P: PHYS 2360)
PHYS 4417. Modern Physics II (3) (S) (P: PHYS 4416)
PHYS 4610. Electronics (3) (F-OY) (P: PHYS 2021, 2360)
Choose 3 s.h. of PHYS electives above 2999
28 s.h.
3.
Cognates.
MATH 1085. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5) (F,S,SS) (GE:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C)
MATH 2171, 2172, 2173. Calculus I, II, III (4,4,4) (F,S,SS)  (GE:MA) (P for 2171: MATH 1085 or 2122 with a minimum grade of C; P for 2172: MATH 2122 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 2171; P for 2173MATH 2172)
MATH 4331. Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3) (F,S) (P: MATH 2173)
20 s.h.
4.
Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
(Preengineering students should see Section 6, Undergraduate Studies: Preprofessional and Two-Year Curricula: Two-Year Engineering Curriculum.)
 

PHYSICS MINOR

Minimum requirement for physics minor is 24 s.h. credit as follows:

1.
Core.
PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (GE:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2260)
PHYS 2350, 2360. University Physics (4,4) (GE:SC) (C for 2350: MATH 2121 or 2171; P for 2360: PHYS 2350)
10 s.h.
2.
PHYS electives above 2999.
14 s.h.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND ACCELERATED MS IN PHYSICS

Students working toward a BS degree in physics have the opportunity to earn an MS degree in two or three additional semesters of study. These students are encouraged to begin research projects as undergraduates and take advanced classes that can be used to waive some MS course requirements. As seniors they may be granted early admission to the MS program and would be eligible to receive paid teaching assistantships. To be enrolled in the MS program as a senior, students must be within 6 s.h. credit of completing all undergraduate degree requirements. Applications to the MS program should be submitted during the first semester of the senior year and must include GRE scores.


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