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Department of Physics

B.S. Physics Major

Purpose and Goals

The B.S. Physics major requires a minimum of 126 total hours to graduate. This total includes the Liberal Arts Core, the following specified major requirements, and additional electives. This program prepares students for a successful professional career in many areas, and is flexible enough to achieve a double major with almost any other field.  Completion of the required core with a careful concentration of elective hours will, for example, educate students for:

Outline of Program

Required Physics: 39 hours

PHYSICS 1100 - First-Year Projects in Physics – 1 hr
PHYSICS 1701 - Physics I for Science and Engineering - 4 hrs
PHYSICS 1702 - Physics II for Science and Engineering - 4 hrs
PHYSICS 2300 - Physics III: Theory and Simulation - 3 hrs
PHYSICS 2700 - Mathematical Methods of Physics - 3 hrs
PHYSICS 3000 - Undergraduate Research in Physics - 2hrs
    Or PHYSICS 3500 - Internship in Applied Physics – 2 hrs  
PHYSICS 3700 - Physics Seminar – 1 hr
PHYSICS 4100 - Modern Physics – 4 hrs
PHYSICS 4110 - Modern Physics Laboratory – 2 hrs
PHYSICS 4300 - Introduction to Electronics – 4 hrs
PHYSICS 4600 - Classical Mechanics - 4 hrs 
PHYSICS 4860 - Computational Physics - 3 hrs
PHYSICS 4900 - Thermodynamic&/Statistical Mechanics – 4 hrs

Required Mathematics: 12 hours 

MATH 1420 - Calculus I - 4 hrs 
MATH 1421 - Calculus II - 4 hrs 
MATH 2422 - Calculus III - 4 hrs 

Electives in Mathematics or the Natural Sciences: 8 hrs

Students have the option to design an area of professional concentration by the appropriate choice of elective courses in Physics, other Natural Sciences, and/or Mathematics.  Electives must be mathematics or science courses that count toward a major of the department offering the course. Electives should be selected with the advice of an academic advisor in Physics.

Additional Liberal Arts Core Courses: 38 hours

MATH 1420 and PHYSICS 1701 count 7 hours towards Liberal Arts Core

See UNI Liberal Arts Core for more details

University Electives: 30

University electives may be used to achieve a minor, second major, or focus on a specialized area as outlined above. Electives should be selected with the advice of an academic advisor in Physics.