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  Oct 18, 2017
 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics [PHY]


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This Physics Department  program is the traditional physics major found at institutions worldwide. Study includes a wide range of courses in physics and mathematics plus chemistry. This degree is necessary for those wishing to go on to graduate school and is also useful for those wishing to do technical work in a variety of disciplines.

Career Potential

  • Graduate study in physics
  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical support services

A. Required Courses in Physics: 39 credit hours


  • Three Physics electives taken at the 400 level or above

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Example of the bachelor's degree in Physics over four years


General Education (GE); Foreign Language

Total credit hours for semester: 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 17


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 400 or 500 level (3 cr. hr.)
    PHY 400 or 500 level (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


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