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2020-2021 Catalog
Physics: Materials Science (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Physics

Major: Physics Concentration: Materials Science Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (30 credits)


  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab
    Acceptable substitutes: (CHMX040 and CHMX041) or CHMX045C


  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab
    Acceptable substitutes: CHMX046C

MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX281
Prereq: MAC 1147

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX282
Prereq: MAC 2311

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX283
Prereq: MAC 2312


  • PHY 2048 Calculus Physics I
  • PHY 2048L Calculus Physics I Lab
  • PHY 2049 Calculus Physics II
  • PHY 2049L Calculus Physics II Lab

Contextual Courses (11 credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

ORGANIC Organic Chemistry I&II w/labs

  • CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM2211 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab

Major Requirements (35 credits)

PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (1 Credit)

EMA3010 Intro to Materials Science (3 Credits)

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (4 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (4 Credits)

PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHY2049 and MAC2313 Coreq: MAP2302

PHZ4404 Solid State Physics (3 Credits)

  • Prereq: PHY 3101

Major Electives (18 credits)

Select 18 credits from the list below, no more than 3 credits may be lower level (2000 level)

SELECT 18 credits from list

  • PHY4802L Advanced Physics Lab (2 credits)
  • PHY4910 Physics Research & Seminar (1 credits)
  • PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists (4 credits)
  • CHM4410C Physical Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM3120C Qualitative Analytical Chemistry (4 credit
  • CHM3610 Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHM3610L Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1 credits)
  • CHM4627 Solid State Chemistry (3 credits)
  • EGN3311 Statics (3 credits)
  • EGN3331 Strength of Materials (3 credits)
  • EML3100 Thermodynamics I (3 credits)
  • EML3101 Thermodynamics II (3 credits)
  • EML4930 Material Characterization (1-3 credits)
  • EML4320C Integrated Design and Manufacturing (3 credits)
  • EML4930 Microstructural Evolution (1-3 credits)
  • COP2220 Computer Science I (intro to C) (3 credits)
  • COP2551 Intro to OO Programming (Intro to Java)
  • (3 credits)
  • COP2010 Intro to V&P Programming (Visual Basic) (3 credits)
  • PHY 4610 Applications of Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)

Free Electives (1 credits)

TAKE 2-3 hrs at the 3000/4000 level

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).