Sample Physics Major Programs
 for Graduate School Bound Students  for Applied Emphasis Students  for Honors College Students 
Course of study
The course requirements and suggested electives for graduate school bound students are shown in the chart below.


Major Core Minimum of BS 

Recommended Enhancements 

Required Related Subjects 

Required University 









First Year 
Foundations of Physics I (251,252,253) Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term) 15 credits 



Calculus and Chemistry 20 credits 

Composition 8 credits 










Second Year 
Foundations of Physics II (351,352,353) Intermediate Lab (390) 16 credits 



Differential Equations and Several Variable Calculus 12 credits 

Group satisfying courses from Arts and Letters and Social Sciences (16 credit hours in each) 










Third Year 
Electricity, Magnetism & Electromagnetism (412,413, 422) Mechanics (411) 6 cr. hours upperdivision labs 22 credits 

Electives in Physics (from Electromagnetism, Optics, Math. Methods & Astrophysics)


Electives in Mathematics (from Complex Variables, Partial Diff. Equations, Linear Algebra) 

Multicultural Courses (2 courses) 










Fourth Year 
Quantum Physics (414,415,417) 12 credits 

Physics Laboratories (from Electronics, Optics Advanced Lab) 





Students who will seek employment in the technical arena with a bachelor's degree in physics can follow the Applied Emphasis Track, outlined below:


Major Core Minimum of BS 

Recommended Enhancements 

Required Related Subjects 

Required University 









First Year 
Foundations of Physics I (251,252,253) Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term) 15 credits 



Calculus and Chemistry 20 credits 

Composition 8 credits 










Second Year 
Foundations of Physics II (351,352,353) Intermediate Lab (390) 16 credits 



Differential Equations and Several Variable Calculus 12 credits 

Group satisfying courses from Arts & Letters and Social Sciences (16 credit hrs. each) 










Third Year 
Electricity & Magnetism (412,413) Intro. Quantum Mech. (354) Analog & Digital Electronics (431,432) 20 credits 

Electives in Physics (from Electromagnetism, Optics, Math. Methods & Astrophysics) 

Electives in Mathematics (from Complex Variables, Partial Diff. Equations, Linear Algebra) 

Multicultural Courses (2 courses) 










Fourth Year 
Classical & Modern Optics (424,425) Design of Experiments (481) 6 cr. hours upperdivision labs 18 credits 

Physics Laboratories (from Physics Instrumentation, Modern Optics Lab, Advanced Lab) 





Sample Physics Major Program for Students Enrolled in the Robert D. Clark Honors College


Physics Major Core Minimum of BS 

Robert D. Clark Honor College 

Required and Optional Related Subjects 

Undergraduate Research Activities 









First Year 
Foundations of Physics I (251,252,253) Physics Lab. 1 (290 each term) 15 credits


Honors College Literature (HC 221H, 222H, 223H) 12 credits 

Calculus and Chemistry (Chemistry can be taken in year 2)


For advanced students: Apply for and complete NSF REU program following summer 










Second Year 
Foundations of Physics II (351,352,353) Intermediate Lab (390) 16 credits 

Honors College History (HC 231H, 232H, 233H) 1624 credits


Chemistry (if not taken year 1) Differential Equations and Several Variable Calculus 1220 credits 

Apply for and complete NSF REU program following summer  









Third Year 
Electricity & Magnetism (412,413, 422) 6 cr. hours upperdivision labs (e.g., 431, 432) Research (401) 22 credits 

HC Colloquia (e.g., HC 421H, 431H, 441H) to total 5 courses between 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. 812 credits


Multicultural Courses (2 courses) Math Methods for Physics (410)


Begin research with physicsrelated research group. Continue work through following summer and fall. 










Fourth Year 
Quantum Physics (414,415,417) 20 credits


HC Colloquia (e.g., HC 421H, 431H, 441H) to total 5 courses between 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. 

{ Optional electives in Physics (e.g., 410, 42426, 427) and Mathematics (see above) } 412 credits 

Write Honors College Thesis (in physics research area) during fall/winter terms. Defend during spring term. 

Students who wish to start physics their first year at the university should come prepared to study calculus.