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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 23, 2021
 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, BS


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Physics Major Requirements


  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation. Honors majors must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in physics courses, a cumulative GPA of 3.09 or higher, completes PHYS 1903 Directed Research, submits a paper detailing the research within the department and presents the research in a public forum (i.e. at the University’s Science Symposium or the Undergraduate Poster Fair hosted by UHC).
  • No PHYS courses beyond the introductory level may be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • Students must complete at least one W-course in the major; students should consult with their department advisor about this requirement.

Physics major, BS


The physics major requires the completion of 47 credits in physics distributed as follows.

Note:


While not required, the introductory level honors courses, PHYS 0475 , PHYS 0476 , and PHYS 0520  are appropriate particularly for students seeking degrees in physics.

Science electives


Choose at least nine credits from groups A and B. At least three credits must come from a course in group B.

Departmental honors requirements


Honors in physics is granted if in addition to fulfilling all requirements for the major, the student maintains a GPA of 3.2 or higher in courses required for the major, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, completes MATH 1903 Directed Research, submits a paper detailing the research within the department, and presents the research in a public forum (i.e. at the University’s Science Symposium, or the Undergraduate Poster Fair hosted by UHC).

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