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Physical Science, Physics B.S. Program (120 sh)

Program Requirements

  • College Composition I [ENGL 01.111]†,COM
  • College Composition II [ENGL 01.112]†,COM
  • Philosophy of Science—WI†,HHL(or other approved)
  • Calculus I—MATH [MATH 01.130]†,MS
  • Calculus II [MATH 01.131]
  • Intro. Sci. Prog. or Comp. Sci. & Prog. [CS 01.104 or CS 04.103]†,MS
  • Geology I—LAB [GEOG 16.330]†,MS
  • Approved Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, or Geology course (3–4 sh)*
  • Chemistry I [CHEM 06.100]
  • Chemistry II [CHEM 06.101]
  • Organic Chemistry I [CHEM 07.200]
  • Quantitative Analysis [CHEM 09.250]
  • Introductory Mechanics—RS [PHYS 00.220]
  • Introductory Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, & Optics [PHYS 00.221]
  • Introductory Electricity & Magnetism [PHYS 00.222]
  • Modern Physics [PHYS 00.300]
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics [ASTR 11.230]
  • Approved Physics Elective
  • Approved 300+ level Physics course—Two courses (4 & 3–4 sh)*
  • Career Track courses—Two courses (6–8 sh) chosen in consultation with your program advisor*

†,XXXThese courses may be used to fulfill Gen Ed required semester hours in the noted bin.

*At least one of these courses must be a 4 sh course

General Education (38 sh)

  • Communications — 6 sh
  • Mathematics and Science — 11 sh
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences — 6 sh
  • History, Humanities, and Languages — 6 sh
  • Non-Program Courses (outside PHSC, PHYS and CHEM) — 9 sh

Free Electives (12–16 sh)

Rowan Experience (≥6 sh)

  • Public Speaking—PS [CMS 06.202]
  • ACE course
  • M/G course (may count towards Gen Ed)
  • LIT course (may count towards Gen Ed)

RS, LAB, MATH, and WI courses are taken in-program as noted above

Additionally, all students must either pass the Computer Competency test or complete the non-credit Computer Literacy course.




Approved Astr, Atm Sci, Geol Courses

  • Any ASTR 11 course not already required by the major
  • Any ASTR 13 course
  • Any ASTR 17 course
  • Introduction to Geography and Earth Studies (GEOG 06.100)
  • Geology I (GEOG 06.103)
  • Geology II (GEOG 06.104)
  • Investigations in Physical Geography (GEOG 06.110)
  • Climatology (GEOG 06.305)
  • Geomorphology (GEOG 06.325)
  • The Geoscience of Natural Disasters (GEOG 06.326)
  • Geology of the National Parks (GEOG 06.450)

Approved Physics Elective Courses

Any PHYS 00 course not already required by the major