2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, BS

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess the fundamental physics knowledge that is necessary for admission into a graduate program in physics or related technical fields, such as education, industry, research, and military.
  • Students will be able to apply the fundamental ideas and methods of physics and be able to analyze problems using these skills.
  • Students will be able to prepare and present several research topics and defend them before peers and faculty.

Degree Options

The Bachelor of Science program in physics is designed to help students attain their professional goals in physics. Four options within the Bachelor of Science program enable students to achieve their particular educational objectives. Courses in each option are chosen to teach the fundamental concepts on which the field is based. The degree options are:  

  • Traditional Physics: This option is designed for students intending to pursue graduate studies in physics or planning to obtain an industrial position with a traditional physics degree.
  • Energy Science: This option will prepare graduates for energy-related careers in industry and government and will provide the student with a strong background in the technical, economic, and instrumentation aspects of all energy resources.
  • Solid State Physics: This option is designed for students presently employed by or intending employment in the semiconductor industry. It will provide theoretical foundations and practical experience in solid state physics.
  • Secondary Teaching: This option is designed for students wishing to be high school physics teachers.

General Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of Physics Core courses
  • 27-28 credit hours of Auxiliary Core courses
  • Degree Option courses
  • All PES courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • A maximum of 54 credits in PES will apply toward the degree

Course Requirements

Core Courses for Traditional Physics, Solid State Physics, and Energy Science Options

(Secondary Education Physics majors, see Secondary Education Teaching section below.)

Degree Option Courses

In addition to the above core requirements, students will complete required courses in their chosen degree Option.

Secondary Education Teaching Program

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a secondary education option is designed for students wishing to be high school physics teachers. It requires a minimum of 40 credit hours (24 upper division) in physics. No more than 40 hours in physics may be counted toward the credit hours required for graduation. The following courses or their equivalents are required.

LAS General Education Courses

Humanities Area Requirement (9 credit hours)

Social Science Area Requirement (9 credit hours)

Reasoning Skills Requirement (4 credit hours)

Note: MATH 1350 is part of the Other Requirements for Secondary Science Certification, and UTLS 3040 is a required Education course.

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