General Statement: The objectives of the Physics Program are :
Departmental Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Physics (39 semester hours)
The curriculum of the B.S. degree in Physics consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. A minimum of 39 hours must be taken in Physics courses with a minimum of 28 hours selected from Physics courses numbered 3000 and above. No course with a letter grade below C will be counted towards meeting the 39 hours of work required in Physics. In addition to successfully completing 39 hours of course work, the major must pass a written comprehensive examination on the core requirements.
Students who minor in Physics must earn at least 23 hours in Physics, including the three semester general physics sequence (PHYS 2110, 2111, 2120, 2121, and 2230) and a minimum of 12 semester hours of 3000 and 4000 level PHYS courses.
General Education Core (42)
Areas 
Courses 
Credits 
Communications (9 hours) 
ENGL 1010, 1020 Freshman English I, II (minimum grade of C in each) 
6 
COMM 2200 Public Speaking 
3 

Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)

ENGL 21102322 Sophomore Literature 
3 
Elective From approved list 
3 

Elective From approved list 
3 

Social and Behavioral Science (6 hours)

Elective From approved list 
3 
Elective From approved list 
3 

History (6 hours)

HIST 2010 American History I 
3 
HIST 2020 American History II 
3 

Natural Science (8 hours)

PHYS 2110/2111 General Physics I 
4 
PHYS 2120/2111 General Physics II 
4 

Mathematics (3 hours) 
MATH 1910 Calculus I, Alternative (Minimum grade of 
3 
Orientation (1 hour)

ASOR 1001 Orientation for Science Majors (Teacher certification students should take EDCI 1010.) 
1 
Total General Education Hours 

42 
Required Support Courses (25 or 28)
Upperdivision Admission
For admission into the upperdivision program of the Physics major, students must complete all of the requirements listed above under General Education Core and Required Support Courses. In addition, they must have removed all high school deficiencies, passed all required remedial/developmental courses earned a cumulative grade point average of a least 2.0 on college level course work, and completed the Rising Junior Examination. They must also have earned a grade of C or better in PHYS 2030, 2031, 2040 and 2041.
Major Core (31)
PHYS 2330 General Physics III 3Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics
Suggested FourYear Plan
FRESHMAN YEAR 

Fall Semester 
Hrs 
Spring Semester 
Hrs 
ENGL 1010 
3 
ENGL 1020 
3 
HIST 2010 
3 
HIST 2020 
3 
CHEM 1110, 1111 
4 
CHEM 1120, 1121 
4 
*MATH 1910 
4 
MATH 1920 
4 
ASOR 1001 
1 
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 
3 
Total 
15 

17 
*MATH 1710 and/or 1720 must be taken prior to MATH 1910 if need is indicated.
SOPHOMORE YEAR 

Fall Semester 
Hrs 
Spring Semester 
Hrs 
PHYS 2110, 2111 
4 
PHYS 2120, 2121 
4 
ENGL 2010 
3 
PHIL 2500 
3 
COMP 2040 
3 
PHYS 2230 
3 
MATH 2110 
3 
COMM 2200 
3 
SOC SCI ELECTIVE 
3 
SOC SCI ELECTIVE 
3 
Total 
16 

16 
JUNIOR YEAR 

Fall Semester 
Hrs 
Spring Semester 
Hrs 
PHYS 3210 
3 
PHYS 3200 
3 
PHYS 3110 
3 
PHYS 3120 
3 
MATH 3610 
3 
COMP 2240 
3 
COMP 2140 
3 
MATH 3510 
3 
MATH 3120 
3 
ELECTIVE (Any Level) 
3 
Total 
15 

15 
SENIOR YEAR 

Fall Semester 
Hrs 
Spring Semester 
Hrs 
PHYS 3610 
3 
PHYS 4500 
3 
PHYS 3311 or 3411 
2 
PHYS 3321 or 3421 
2 
PHYS 4100 
3 
PHYS 4120 
3 
PHYS 2500 
3 
ELECTIVES, 3000/4000 Level 
5 
ELECTIVES (Any Level) 
2 


Total 
13 

13 
Course Descriptions
Physics (PHYS)
PHYS 2010 College Physics I (3). The first course in a noncalculusbased introductory physics sequence. Topics included are mechanics and heat. The course presents the basic principles of physics. It is required of biology, premedicine, and allied health profession majors. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in MATH 1140, 1720, or 1730. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2011 College Physics I Laboratory (1). One twohour laboratory each week. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with the corresponding lecture course, PHYS 2010. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2020 College Physics II (3). The second course in a noncalculusbased physic sequence. Topics included are sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in PHYS 2010. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2021 College Physics II Laboratory (1). One twohour laboratory each week. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with the corresponding lecture course, PHY 2020. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2110 General Physics I (3) (Formerly PHYS 2030). Principles of mechanics, rotational mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The first course in calculusbased physics sequence that is intended for student with majors in physics, engineering, mathematics, or a physical science. PHYS 2110 with accompanying laboratory, is required of all physics and Mathematics majors. Prerequisite: MATH 1720 and 1915; Corequisite: MATH 1925. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2111 General Physics I Laboratory (1) (Formerly PHYS 2031). One twohour laboratory per week designed to be taken concurrently with the corresponding lecture course, PHY 2110. Required of all Physics and Mathematics majors. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2120 General Physics II (3) (Formerly PHYS 2040). Principles of sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. The second course in calculusbased physics sequence. PHYS 2120 with accompanying laboratory, is required of all Physics and Mathematics majors. Prerequisite: PHYS 2110. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2121 General Physics II Laboratory (1) (Formerly PHYS 2041). . One twohour laboratory per week designed to be taken concurrently with corresponding lecture course, PHYS 2120. Required of all Physics and Mathematics majors. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 2230 General Physics III (3) (Formerly PHYS 223). Principles of gravitation, wave mechanics, and modern physics. Problem solving techniques. The third course in a calculusbased physics sequence. Prerequisite: PHYS 2120. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
PHYS 3110, 3120 Electricity and Magnetism I, II (3, 3) (Formerly PHYS 311, 312). Fundamentals of theoretical electricity and magnetism. Emphasis is placed upon problems using vector calculus in three dimensions. Prerequisites: MATH 2110 or 2125, AND PHYS 2120, 2121, all with a grade of C or better. Three lectures per week. Required of all Physics majors. PHYS 3110 is offered in fall of evennumbered years and 3120 in spring of oddnumbered years.
PHYS 3140 Optics (3) (Formerly PHYS 314). A brief review of geometrical optics and a study of physical optics, including spectroscopy. Prerequisites: MATH 1920 and either of the sequences: PHYS 2020, 2021 or PHYS 2120, 2121. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week. Offered in fall of evennumbered years.
PHYS 3200 Heat and Thermodynamics (3) (Formerly PHYS 320). A study of the fundamentals of heat and an introduction to thermodynamics with applications to chemistry. Prerequisites: PHYS 2120, 2121, and MATH 1920. (MATH 3610 and either MATH 2110 or 2125 recommended). Three lectures per week. Required of all Physics majors. Offered in spring of evennumbered years.
PHYS 3210, 3220 Mechanics I, II (3, 3) (Formerly PHYS 321, 322). Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s equations, fluid statics, and vibrations. Prerequisites: PHYS 2120, 2121, and MATH 1920. MATH 3610 and either MATH 2110 or 2125 recommended. Three lectures per week. PHYS 321 required of all Physics majors. PHYS 3210 is offered in fall of oddnumbered years and 3220 is offered on demand.
PHYS 3311, 3321 Electrical Measurements I, II (2, 2) (Formerly PHYS 331, 332). The theory of electrical circuits. The laboratory is intended to give experience and facility with electrical measuring instruments. Prerequisites: MATH 1920 and either of the sequences PHYS 2020, 2021 or PHYS 2120, 2121. Two laboratory periods per week. Either this sequence or PHYS 34113421 is required of all Physics majors. PHY 3311 is offered in fall of oddnumbered years and 3321 in spring of evennumbered years.
PHYS 3411, 3421 Advanced Physics Laboratory I, II (2, 2) (Formerly PHYS 341, 342). A course designed to permit the student to develop a variety of laboratory skills and techniques by performing advanced experiments in mechanics, heat, sound, light, and modern physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 2120, 2121, and MATH 1920. Two laboratory periods per week. Either this sequence or PHYS 33113321 is required of all Physics majors. PHY 3411 is offered in fall of evennumbered years and 3421in spring of oddnumbered years.
PHYS 3610 Solid State Physics (3) (Formerly PHYS 361). A physical interpretation of the conductive properties of metal and semiconductor materials based on the periodic nature of the crystalline solid, with applications including the transistor. Primarily for engineering, physics, or computer science students with junior standing. Prerequisites: PHY 2120, 20121 and either MATH 2110 or 2125. Required of all Physics majors. Offered in fall of oddnumbered years.
PHYS 4100, 4110 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I, II (3, 3) (Formerly PHYS 410, 411). Introduction to fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and methods of calculation, with application to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics. PHYS 4100 is required of all Physics majors. Prerequisites: PHY 2120, 2121, and MATH 1920. PHYS 4100 is offered in fall of evennumbered years and 4110 is offered on demand.
PHYS 4120, 4130 Modern Physics I, II (3, 3) (Formerly PHYS 412, 413). The classical and modern concepts of the atom and introduction to molecular structure, the chemical bond, nuclear physics, fission, isotopic tracers, medical radiology, cosmic rays. PHYS 4120 is required of all Physics majors. Prerequisites: MATH 1070 and either of the following two sequences: PHYS 2020, 2021, or PHYS 2120, 2121. PHYS 4120 is offered in spring of oddnumbered years and 4130 is offered on demand.
PHYS 4500 Senior Project (3) (Formerly PHYS 450). Individual study and presentation of a special topic in physics. Required of all Physics majors. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered in spring.
PHYS 4600 Undergraduate Readings and Research (3) (Formerly PHYS 460). Individual study and research under faculty guidance. Prerequisites: 12 hours of upperlevel physics and permission of instructor. Offered on demand.
PHYS 4900 Special Topics in Physics (Up to 9 hours total) (Formerly PHYS 490). Courses offered to the preference and needs of the student. The credits for each course vary from two to three semester hours, with a total of nine credit hours the maximum from this group permitted toward the Physics degree. Prerequisites: PHYS 2120, 2121, and permission of the instructor. Offered on demand.
PHYS 4905 Advanced Laboratory Studies (2)
PHYS 4906 Analytical Mechanics (3)
PHYS 4907 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
PHYS 4908 Modern Physics (3)
PHYS 4909 Optics (3)
PHYS 4910 Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 4911 Research Project (3)
PHYS 4912 Solid State Physics (3)
PHYS 4913 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)