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Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in physics

Special requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Science requires a minimum of 120 credits.

Along with the general education requirements of the undergraduate programs and the College of Humanities and Sciences for a Bachelor of Science degree, this curriculum requires 27 credits in foundation science and mathematics courses and 34 credits in supplemental courses in the concentration. In preparation for the required mathematical sciences courses, all students must take the Mathematics Placement Test. Science majors are strongly encouraged to select a minor in an area different from their area of concentration that will complement their career interests and contribute additional upper-level credits to their curriculum.

Grade requirements
A minimum grade of C is required in each prerequisite course: CHEM 100 (if required through placement test), CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 301 and CHEM 302.

A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 151 and 152, BIOZ 151 and 152, and BIOL 218 before enrollment in advanced BIOL courses.

Degree requirements for Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in physics

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate broad and core science proficiency
  • Demonstrate competency in at least two sciences or in a non-science area
  • Apply learning to selection and pursuit of professional or graduate career objective
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communication of scientific or research findings
  • Demonstrate ability to apply the scientific method/approach to professional problems
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the interrelation of core sciences to interdisciplinary problems
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
   
Major requirements (61 credits)  
Foundational courses (27 credits)  
BIOL and BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts and Laboratory, BIOL/ENVS 103 Environmental Science, BIOL and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science I and Laboratory, or BIOL and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science II and Laboratory 4
CHEM and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and Laboratory I 4
ENVS 301 Introduction to Meteorology or upper-level science elective 3
ENVS 310 Introduction to Oceanography or upper-level science elective 3
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics (or placement) 4
MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
PHYS 207 University Physics I 5
   
Supplemental courses (34 credits)  
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
MATH 301 Differential Equations 3
MATH 307 Multivariate Calculus 3
PHYS 208 University Physics II 5
PHYS 301 Classical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 320 and PHYZ 320 Modern Physics and Laboratory 4
PHYS 450 Senior Physics Laboratory 3
Complete an additional 9 credits from the following courses: CHEM and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and Laboratory II, MATH/OPER 327 Mathematical Modeling, PHYS and PHYZ 103 Elementary Astronomy and Laboratory, PHYS/MHIS 307 The Physics of Sound and Music, any course allowable for the B.S. in Physics, or a science elective approved by adviser 9
   
Open electives (13-27 credits)  
Open electives 13-27
   
Total minimum requirement 120

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