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Curriculum and Courses



Freshman Year

First Semester
R
L
C
  Second Semester
R
L
C
PHY 109 Freshman Seminar
2
0
2
  PHY 111 Physics for Sci. & Eng. I [1]
4
MTH 111  
4
0
4
  MTH 114 Calc. Applied Sci. & Eng. II [2]
4
0
4
   
1
3
2
  EGR 102 Intro. Engineering App. Sci. II
2
ENL 101 Critical Writing & Reading I
3
0
3
  ENL 102 Critical Writing & Reading II
3
0
3
PHY 115 Classical Physics III
4
0
3
    General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
       
14
         
16

Sophmore Year

First Semester
R
L
C
  Second Semester
R
L
C
PHY 112 Physics for Sci. & Eng. II [1]
4
  PHY 213 Applied Modern Physics
4
0
3
PHY 115 Introduction to Classical Physics [6]
4
0
3
  PHY 234 Intermediate Math. Physics
3
0
3
PHY 225 Intro. Experimental Physics I
1
3
2
  PHY 227 Intro. Experimental Physics II
0
3
1
MTH 213 Calc. Applied Sci. & Eng. III [2]
4
0
4
  MTH 212 Diff. Equations (Recommended)
3
0
3
ENL 266 Technical Communications [7]
3
0
3
    General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
              General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
       
16
         
16

Junior Year

First Semester
R
L
C
  Second Semester
R
L
C
PHY 341 Modern Phy. and Quant. Mech. I
4
0
3
  PHY 342 Modern Phy. and Quant. Mech. II
4
0
3
PHY 313 Statics
3
0
3
  PHY 411 Electric and Magnetic Fields I
3
0
3
PHY 441 Statistical Thermodynamics
3
0
3
  PHY 322 Elec. Devices & Circuits II [8]
2
2
3
  Science Elective [9]
3
0
3
    Science Elective [9]
3
0
3
  General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
    Free Elective
3
0
3
                     
       
15
         
15

Senior Year

First Semester
R
L
C
  Second Semester
R
L
C
PHY 442 Elements of Solid State Physics
3
0
3
  PHY 421[8] Advanced Laboratory
0
6
3
PHY Physics Elective (200+ Level)
3
0
3
  PHY Physics Elective (300+ Level)
3
0
3
  Free Elective
3
0
3
  PHY Physics Elective (300+ Level)
3
0
3
  Free Elective
3
0
3
    Free Elective
2
0
2
  General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
    General Education Elective [5]
3
0
3
       
15
         
15
TOTAL CREDITS = 122
R = Recitation + Lecture (hours)
L = Laboratory (hours)
C = Number of Credits

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, a minimum of 120 university credits are required. Of these, 45 credits must be approved Physics courses, and 30 credits must be at the 300-level or higher. A 2.000 cumulative GPA for all courses as well as a 2.000 cumulative GPA for approved Physics courses is required to graduate. Approved Physics courses include all PHY courses at the 300-level or higher, together with PHY courses 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 213, 225, 227, 234, 252 and 271.
  • [1] The non IMPULSE courses PHY113 & PHY114 can substitute for PHY111 & PHY112 respectively
  • [2] The non IMPULSE courses MTH111& MTH112 & MTH211 can substitute for MTH113 & MTH114 & MTH213 respectively
  • [3] The courses CIS180 and ECE160 also satisfy this requirement. Other courses may be substituted with approval of the faculty advisor. .
  • [4] This course meets the General Education Area I (Tier II) requirement: Information and Computer Literacy.
  • [5] Students must complete 18 credits which satisfy the University's General Education requirements(Areas C,D,E, &G)
  • [6] This course satisfies the General Area O requirement (Oral Communication)
  • [7] This course satisfies the General Area W requirement (Written Communication)
  • [8] A minimum of 6 credits of advancd lab courses is required. Other courses may be substituted with approval from the faculty advisor.
  • [9] Students must complete 6 credits in a second science, mathematics, or engineering. Courses from one of BIO, CHM, CIS, CEN, ECE, MNE, MTH or Astrophysics (PHY252 & PHY363) which satisfy the major requirement for the respective department may be selected. The courses must be approved by the faculty advisor.

 

Curriculum for B.S. Degree in Physics – Astronomy/Astrophysics Option 

Freshman Year

First Semester

 

 

C

Second Semester

 

 

C

PHY 109

Freshman Seminar

 

 

2

PHY 111

Physics for Sci. & Eng. I [1]

 

 

4

MTH 113

Calc. Applied Sci. & Eng. I [2]

 

 

4

MTH 114

Calc. Applied Sci. & Eng. II [2]

 

 

4

EGR 101

Intro. Eng. & Applied Sci. I

 

 

2

EGR 102

Intro. Eng. & Applied Sci. II

 

 

2

ENL 101

Critical Writing & Reading I

 

 

3

ENL 102

Critical Writing & Reading II

 

 

3

CIS 115

Computer Programming with C [3][4]

 

 

3

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

 

 

C

Second Semester

 

 

C

PHY 112

Physics for Sci. & Eng. II [1]

 

 

4

PHY 213

Applied Modern Physics

 

 

3

PHY 115

Intro. to Classical Phys. [6]

 

 

3

PHY 234

Intermediate Math. Physics

 

 

3

PHY 225

Intro. Experimental Phys. I

 

 

2

PHY 227

Intro. Experimental Phys. I

 

 

1

MTH 213

Calc. Applied Sci. & Eng. III [2]

 

 

4

MTH 212

Diff. Eq. (recommended)

 

 

3

ENL 266

Technical Communications [7]

 

 

3

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

16

Junior Year

First Semester

 

 

C

Second Semester

 

 

C

PHY 341

Mod. Phys. & Quantum Mech I

 

 

3

PHY 342

Mod. Phys. & Quantum Mech II

 

 

3

PHY 313

Mechanics

 

 

3

PHY 411

Electric & Magnetic Fields I

 

 

3

PHY 441

Statistical Thermodynamics

 

 

3

PHY 322

Elec. Devices & Circuits II [8]

 

 

3

PHY 252

Elementary Astrophysics [9]

 

 

3

PHY 363

Intermediate Astrophysics [9]

 

 

3

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

Free  Elective

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

15

Senior Year

First Semester

 

 

C

Second Semester

 

 

C

PHY 442

Solid State Physics

 

 

3

PHY 421

Advanced Laboratory [8]

 

 

3

PHY

Advanced Astrophysics [10]

 

 

3

PHY 480

Astro. Project (optional)

 

 

3

 

Free Elective

 

 

3

PHY

Physics Elective (300+ level)

 

 

3

 

Free Elective

 

 

3

 

Free Elective

 

 

3

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

General Education Elective [5]

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

15

TOTAL CREDITS = 122    
C = Number of Credits

 


[1] The non-IMPULSE courses PHY 113 & PHY 114 can substitute for PHY 111 & PHY 112 respectively

[2] The non-IMPULSE courses MTH 111, MTH 112 & MTH 211 can substitute for MTH 113, MTH 114 & MTH 213 respectively

[3] The courses CIS 180 and ECE 160 also satisfy this requirement. Other courses may be substituted with approval of faculty advisor

[4] This course meets the General Education Area I (Tier II) requirement: Information and Computer Literacy.

[5] Students must complete sufficient credits to satisfy the University’s General Education requirements (Areas C, D, E & G).

[6] This course satisfies the General Education Area O requirement (Oral communication).

[7] This course satisfies the General Education Area W requirement (Written communication).

[8] A minimum of 6 credits of advanced lab. courses is required.  Other courses may be substituted with approval of faculty advisor.

[9] Students must complete 6 credits in a second science mathematics or engineering. Courses from one of BIO, CHM, CIS, ECE, MNE, MTH or Astrophysics (PHY 252 & PHY 363) which satisfy the major requirement for the respective department may be selected. The courses must be approved by the faculty advisor.

[10] At least one of the following options, depending on availability: (i) another upper-level astrophysics course, such as PHY 510; (ii) astronomy observing methods course, such as PHY 421 (when offered in the astronomy mode), or the equivalent independent-study under the supervision of a faculty member; or (iii) semester research project in astronomy/astrophysics under the supervision of a faculty member.

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