Physics, BS

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Breadth Courses for Physics

Mathematics
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
MATH 2331Linear Algebra4
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4
Computational Methods
GE 1111Engineering Problem Solving and Computation4
or PHYS 1130 Computing, Data, and Science
Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
5
Technical Electives
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Statistics and Software
Introduction to Multisample Statistics
MATH 2321 to MATH 5999
PHYS 2303 to PHYS 7999
CHEM 2311 to CHEM 5999
BIOL 2301 to BIOL 5999
ENVR 2300 to ENVR 5999
CHME 2001 to CHME 4699
CIVE 2001 to CIVE 4699
EECE 2001 to EECE 5999
ME 2001 to ME 4699
IE 2001 to IE 4699

Physics Major Requirements

Introductory Physics
Physics 1
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 2
Complete one of the following:5
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Intermediate Physics
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 2305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 2371
and PHYS 2372
Electronics
and Lab for PHYS 2371
4
Advanced Physics
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3601Classical Dynamics4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 3603Electromagnetic Waves and Optics4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Elective Course
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
PHYS 3500 to PHYS 7999
Experiential Learning
Complete one course in experiential learning. See department for approved courses. Note: The experiential learning requirement is waived following a student presentation connected with a co-op and/or research experience. The requirement is often fulfilled by a talk at a Society of Physics Students meeting but can be fulfilled by an adequately documented presentation at a professional meeting or at an appropriate campus event. Contact your faculty advisor for additional information.
Senior Capstone
PHYS 5318Principles of Experimental Physics4

Physics Major Credit Requirement

Complete 91 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Note on Physics Plans of Study

Some required physics courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters, while other required courses are offered less frequently. Therefore, the suggested plan of study will vary from student to student, depending on the year of entry for that student. Thus, for example, a student who first enrolled in the fall of an even-numbered year should consult the plans of study listed below under Even-Numbered Year One. Those who enter in the fall of an odd-numbered year should consult the plans of study listed below under Odd-Numbered Year One. 

Even-Numbered Year One

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114VacationVacation
ENGW 11114MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314PHYS 230524VacationCo-op
PHYS 237133MATH 23314  
PHYS 237231MATH 23414  
MATH 23214Elective4  
CHEM 12114EESC 20001  
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 360154PHYS 360044Co-op
 PHYS 360264PHYS 360374 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 511584MATH 30814Co-op
 ENGW 33074Elective4 
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPHYS 531894  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 133

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114MATH 23214MATH 23314
ENGW 11114MATH 13424Elective4Elective4
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314PHYS 230524PHYS 360044Co-op
PHYS 237133PHYS 360154Elective4 
PHYS 237231Technical elective4  
MATH 23414Elective4  
CHEM 12114EESC 20001  
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 360264PHYS 360374Co-op
 PHYS 511584MATH 30814 
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPHYS 531894  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 133

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314Co-op0Co-op0PHYS 230524
PHYS 237133  PHYS 360044
PHYS 237231   
MATH 23214   
CHEM 12114   
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
EESC 20001   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 360154Co-op0Co-op0MATH 30814
MATH 23314  Elective4
MATH 23414   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 360264Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHYS 511584   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHYS 360374PHYS 531894  
ENGW 33154PHYS advanced elective4  
Technical elective4Technical elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001PHYS 11654MATH 23214MATH 23314
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661Elective4MATH 23414
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630MATH 13424  
MATH 13414GE 11114  
ENGW 11114CHEM 12114  
Elective4CHEM 12121  
 CHEM 12130  
 18 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314Co-opCo-opPHYS 230524
PHYS 237133  Elective4
PHYS 237231   
PHYS 360264   
Elective4   
EESC 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 360154Co-opCo-opPHYS 360044
PHYS 360374  MATH 30814
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHYS 511584PHYS 531894  
ENGW 33074PHYS advanced elective4  
Technical elective4Technical elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133

Odd-Numbered Year One

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314PHYS 230524Vacation0Co-op0
PHYS 237133MATH 23314  
PHYS 237231MATH 23414  
MATH 23214EESC 20001  
CHEM 12114Elective4  
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 360154PHYS 360044Co-op0
 PHYS 360264Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 511584PHYS 360374Co-op0
 ENGW 33154MATH 30814 
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0PHYS 531894  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 133

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114MATH 23214MATH 23314
ENGW 11114MATH 13424Elective4Elective4
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314PHYS 230524PHYS 360044Co-op
PHYS 237133PHYS 360264PHYS 360374 
PHYS 237231Elective4  
MATH 23414Elective4  
CHEM 12114EESC 20001  
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 360154MATH 30814Co-op
 PHYS 511584Elective4 
 ENGW 33074  
 Technical elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPHYS 531894  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 Technical elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 133

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001GE 11114VacationVacation
ENGW 11114MATH 13424  
MATH 13414PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314Co-opCo-opPHYS 230524
PHYS 237133  PHYS 360044
PHYS 237231   
MATH 23214   
CHEM 12114   
CHEM 12121   
CHEM 12130   
EESC 20001   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 360154Co-opCo-opMATH 30814
MATH 23314  Elective4
MATH 23414   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 360264Co-opCo-opVacation
PHYS 511584   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHYS 360374PHYS 531894  
ENGW 33074PHYS advanced elective4  
Technical elective4Technical elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 10001PHYS 11654MATH 23214MATH 23314
PHYS 11614PHYS 11661Elective4MATH 23414
PHYS 11621PHYS 11670  
PHYS 11630MATH 13424  
MATH 13414GE 11114  
ENGW 11114CHEM 12114  
Elective4CHEM 12121  
 CHEM 12130  
 18 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 230314Co-opCo-opPHYS 360044
PHYS 237133  Elective4
PHYS 237231   
PHYS 360264   
Elective4   
EESC 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 511584Co-opCo-opPHYS 230524
ENGW 33074  MATH 30814
Technical elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHYS 360154PHYS 531894  
PHYS 360374PHYS advanced elective4  
Elective4Technical elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133
1

 PHYS 2303 offered every fall and spring

2

PHYS 2305 offered every spring and summer 2 (even years)

3

 PHYS 2371/2372 offered every fall

4

PHYS 3600 offered every summer 1 and summer 2

5

 PHYS 3601 offered spring (even years) and fall (odd years)

6

PHYS 3602 offered every fall and spring

7

PHYS 3603 offered fall (even years) and summer 1 (odd years)

8

 PHYS 5115 offered every fall and spring

9

PHYS 5318 offered every spring