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Department of Physics

B.S. Physics Major

This major is being revised for the Fall 2013 semester to better prepare students to meet the technical challenges of the 21st century. Courses listed in italics are newly introduced for the Fall 2013 semester. Course descriptions can be found in the UNI Course Catalog.

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.