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2021-2022 Catalog
Physics: Computing Emphasis (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Physics

Major: Physics Concentration: Computing Emphasis Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (28 credits)


  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    Acceptable substitutes: (CHMX040 and CHMX041) or CHMX045C Students must complete Introduction to Chemistry, CHM1025/L with a "C" or higher to take Chemistry I)


  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    Acceptable substitute: CHMX046C


MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX281
Prereq: MAC 1147 (Students must complete MAC1105 and Trig or Pre Calc with a "C" or higher to take Calc I)

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX282
Prereq: MAC 2311

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX283
Prereq: MAC 2312


  • PHY 2048C Calculus-based Physics I (4 credits) Students must complete Introduction to Physics, PHY 1028 with a "C" or higher to take Physics I)
  • PHY 2049 Calculus-based Physics II (3 credits)
  • PHY 2049L Calculus-based Physics II Lab (1 credit)

Contextual Courses (6 credits)

COP2220 Programming I (3 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Major Requirements (41 credits)

Courses must be taken in prerequisite order. Electronic approval for courses requiring prerequisites must be obtained each registration. Grades of C or above must be earned in all physics requirements.

PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (1 Credit)

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049; Coreq: MAC 2313

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

Coreq: PHY 3101

PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313; Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (4 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHZ3113C

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313

PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313

PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (2 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 3101L

PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 3101

PHY4911 Physics Research and Seminar 2 (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 4910

COT3100 Computational Structures (3 Credits)

COP3530 Data Structures (3 Credits)


  • COP 3404 Introduction to System Software (3 credits)
  • CDA 3101 Introduction to Computer Hardware (3 credits)

Major Electives (13 credits)

Grades of C or higher required in all computer science requirements and computer science electives.

SELECT 13 HOURS (3000/4000)