Physics, B.S.
2022 Semester Map

TOTAL CREDITS: 120

Fall, Year One

CourseCredits
MATH 170
Calculus I
4
PHYS 170
General Physics I
4
FCWR 101
Writing I: College Composition
3
FCIQ 101
Foundations of Inquiry
3
General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS17

Spring, Year One

CourseCredits
MATH 180
Calculus II
4
PHYS 180
General Physics II
4
PHYS 310
Optics
3
FCWR 151
Writing II: Research Writing
3
FCSC 101
Foundations of Scientific Process
3
TOTAL CREDITS17

Fall, Year Two

CourseCredits
MATH 260
Calculus III
4
MATH 310
Linear Algebra
3
PHYS 225
Introduction to Modern Physics
3
PHYS 226
Introduction to Modern Physics Lab
1
FCSP 105
Foundations of Speech Communication
3
TOTAL CREDITS14

Spring, Year Two

CourseCredits
MATH 350
Advanced Calculus
3
PHYS 320
Quantum Physics
4
PHYS 341
Analytical Physics
4
FCWR 3XX
Foundations choice
3
TOTAL CREDITS14

Fall, Year Three

CourseCredits
MATH 320
Differential Equations
3
PHYS 331
Advanced Physics Laboratory I
3
PHYS 370
Electricity and Magnetism I
4
ICLT 3XX
Literature choice
3
Physics ElectiveB
3
TOTAL CREDITS16

Spring, Year Three

CourseCredits
PHYS 451
Mathematical Methods in Physics
4
PHYS 332
Advanced Physics Laboratory II
3
PHYS 390
Statistical Mechanics
4
ICBS 3XX
Behavioral Science choice
3
TOTAL CREDITS14

Fall, Year Four

CourseCredits
PHYS 490
Special Topics**
2
Physics ElectiveB
3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
ICPH 3XX
Philosophy choice
3
TOTAL CREDITS14

Spring, Year Four

CourseCredits
PHYS 490
Special Topics**
2
Social Science ChoiceA 3
Physics ElectiveB 3
General ElectiveB 3
General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS14
A
Choose between: ICSS 3XX or IENG 400 Technology and Global Issues
B
For students taking the Quantum Informatics Concentration, these courses are taken in lieu of electives:
  • PHYS 420 Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYS 440 Quantum Optics
  • PHYS 470 Introduction to Solid State Physics
  • PHYS 480 Quantum Computing and Information Theory