The physics concentration provides a broad background in physics that serves as a base for later specialization, either in graduate school or on the job. It is designed for those seeking greater insight into physics and an introduction to more advanced topics and methods. Students who obtain a degree in physics with the physics concentration are prepared for a career in industry or government, or for advanced study at the graduate level.

Effective Fall 2016

Each course used to meet requirements of the concentration need a minimum grade of C-, including courses to satisfy AUCC Categories 1, 2, and 3A. 

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one group from the following: 3 - 4
Group A:
  
Introduction to Unix  
Introduction to C Programming I  
Introduction to C Programming II  
Group B:
  
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
  
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Arts and Humanities3B6
 Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
Select one from the following: 4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Differential Equations  
PH 2451Introduction to Electronics 3
PH 293Selected Topics in Physics 1
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics 4
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory 2
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 29
Junior
 
Select one from the following:2 3
Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3)2 
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Specialized Professional Writing2 
PH 341Mechanics 4
PH 3511Electricity and Magnetism 4
PH 353Optics and Waves 4
PH 361Physical Thermodynamics 3
Select one group from the following: 9
Group A:  
Analytical Techniques for Physics  
Electives
  
Group B:  
Mathematics and Statistics List (select a minimum of 6 credits)
  
Electives
  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
PH 425Advanced Physics Laboratory4C2
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics I4A,4B3
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics II 3
PH 462Statistical Physics 3
PH 492Seminar4C1
Technical Course List (select at least two courses from the list below) 6
Electives3 12-13
 Total Credits 30-31
 Program Total Credits: 120

Mathematics and Statistics List (select a minimum of 6 credits not taken elsewhere in the program)

MATH 317Advanced Calculus of One Variable4
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 430Fourier and Wavelet Analysis with Apps3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 467Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 469Linear Algebra II3
MATH 472Introduction to Topology3
MATH 474Introduction to Differential Geometry3
PH 571Mathematical Methods for Physics I3
PH 572Mathematical Methods for Physics II3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3
STAT 321Elementary Probabilistic-Stochastic Modeling3
STAT 340Multiple Regression Analysis3
STAT 420Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 430Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT 460Applied Multivariate Analysis3

Technical Course List (select a minimum of 6 credits from a minimum of 2 courses not taken elsewhere in the program)

AA 301Astrophysics I 45
AA 302Astrophysics II 45
AA 303Astrophysics III 45
BC 411Physical Biochemistry4
CBE 331Momentum Transfer and Mechanical Separations3
CBE 332Heat and Mass Transfer Fundamentals3
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 345Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 346Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 461Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 474Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 476Physical Chemistry II3
CIVE 300Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 301Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
CS 253Software Development with C++ 44
CS 410Introduction to Computer Graphics 44
CS 440Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 44
CS 475Parallel Programming 44
ECE 312Linear System Analysis II3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I4
ECE 332Electronics Principles II4
ECE 404Experiments in Optical Electronics2
ECE 441Optical Electronics3
ECE 444Antennas and Radiation3
ECE 471ASemiconductor Physics1
ECE 471BSemiconductor Junctions1
ECE 507Plasma Physics and Applications3
ECE 546Laser Fundamentals and Devices3
ERHS 450Introduction to Radiation Biology3
ERHS 530Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I3
ERHS 531Nuclear Instruments and Measurements2
GEOL 578Global Seismology4
MATH 317Advanced Calculus of One Variable4
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MATH 405Introduction to Number Theory3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 430Fourier and Wavelet Analysis with Apps3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 467Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 469Linear Algebra II3
MATH 472Introduction to Topology3
MATH 474Introduction to Differential Geometry3
MECH 331Introduction to Engineering Materials4
MECH 344Heat and Mass Transfer3
MECH 460Aeronautics3
MECH 468Space Propulsion and Power Engineering3
PH 498Research1-6
PH 517Chaos, Fractals, and Nonlinear Dynamics3
PH 521Introduction to Lasers3
PH 522Introductory Laser Laboratory1
PH 531Introductory Solid State Physics3
PH 561Elementary Particle Physics3
PH 571Mathematical Methods for Physics I3
PH 572Mathematical Methods for Physics II3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3
STAT 321Elementary Probabilistic-Stochastic Modeling3
STAT 340Multiple Regression Analysis3
STAT 420Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 430Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT 460Applied Multivariate Analysis3
1

For students who change majors from Electrical Engineering or are double-majoring in Electrical Engineering, please see advisor for possible substitutions. 

2

 CHEM 301 and CO 301B are recommended. Other courses in All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) Category 2 may be accepted as substitutes if they are taken prior to declaring the Physics major or are taken to meet requirements of another major.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300-, 400-level).

4

 Only 3 credits from this course are applied towards the Technical Electives requirement. 

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

Required PH courses above the 100-Level (with the exception of PH 293 and, if there is sufficient demand, PH 314) are offered only Fall or Spring, not both. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses used to meet requirements of the major, except for unrestricted electives and courses taken to satisfy All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) categories 3B, 3C, 3D, and 3E. Note that PH 327 may be replaced by six credits from the Mathematics and Statistics Electives List.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A5
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   3-4
Group A:    
Introduction to Unix    
Introduction to C Programming I    
Introduction to C Programming II    
Group B:    
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
    
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1) X1B4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A5
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CO 150, MATH 160, and PH 141 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III X 4
PH 245Introduction to Electronics   3
PH 293Selected Topics in Physics   1
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MATH 161 and PH 142 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations X  
Differential Equations    
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics X 4
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory X 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
MATH 261 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   13
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 341Mechanics X 4
PH 353Optics and Waves X 4
Select one group from the following:   6
Group A:    
Analytical Techniques for Physics    
Elective
    
Group B:    
Mathematics and Statistics List (Select a minimum of 6 credits from List on Concentration Requirements Tab)
    
MATH 340 and PH 245 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 351Electricity and Magnetism X 4
PH 361Physical ThermodynamicsX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Specialized Professional Writing  2 
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
PH 293, PH 314, and PH 315 must be completed by the end of Semester 6. X   
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics IX 4A,4B3
PH 462Statistical PhysicsX  3
Technical Course List (See Technical Course List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   7
PH 341 and PH 353 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 425Advanced Physics LaboratoryX 4C2
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics IIX  3
PH 492SeminarX 4C1
Technical Course List (See Technical Course List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120