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2021-2022 Catalog
Physics: Materials Science (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Physics

Major: Physics Concentration: Materials Science 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 (11 credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)


  • CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credits)
  • CHM2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
  • CHM2211 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHM2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)

Major Requirements (38 credits)

PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (1 Credit)

EMA3010 Intro to Materials Science (3 Credits)

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049; Coreq: MAC 2313

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

Coreq: PHY 3101

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

prereqs: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313

PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (4 Credits)

prereqs: (PHY 3101 or CHM 4410C) and MAC 2313

PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 and MA C2313; Coreq: MAP 2302

PHZ4404 Solid State Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 3101

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

Major Electives (15 credits)

Select 11 credits from the list below, no more than 3 credits may be lower level (2000 level)

SELECT 15 credits from list

  • PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists (4 credits)
  • CHM4410C Physical Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM3120C Qualitative Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHM3610 Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHM3610L Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • 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)