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Physics B.S. Program (120 sh)

Program Requirements

  • College Composition I [COMP 01.111]†,COM
  • College Composition II [COMP 01.112]†,COM
  • Philosophy of Science—WI, M/G†,HHL(or other approved)
  • Calculus I—MATH [MATH 01.130]†,MS
  • Calculus II [MATH 01.131]
  • Calculus III [MATH 01.230]
  • Linear Algebra [MATH 01.210]
  • Differential Equations [MATH 01.231]
  • Intro. Sci. Prog. or Comp. Sci. & Prog. [CS 01.104 or CS 04.103]†,MS
  • Chemistry I—LAB [CHEM 06.100]†,MS
  • Chemistry II [CHEM 06.101]†,MS
  • 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]
  • Analytical Mechanics [PHYS 00.310]
  • Electricity & Magnetism I [PHYS 00.320]
  • Quantum Mechanics I [PHYS 00.410]
  • Statistical Physics [PHYS 00.430]
  • Advanced Lab [PHYS 00.440]
  • Physics Electives—Choose at least two courses (6–8 sh) from:
    • Electricity & Magnetism II [PHYS 00.321]
    • Electric Circuits [PHYS 00.325]
    • Optics and Light [PHYS 00.340]
    • ZEMAX [PHYS 00.345]
    • Quantum Mechanics II [PHYS 00.411]
    • Selected Topics [PHYS 00.470]
    • Independent Study [PHYS 00.499]
    • Physics/Astronomy Research I, II, III, IV [PHYS 00.250, 251, 350, 450, ASTR 11.250, 251, 350, 450]
      (Maximum of 3 sh of Research can count for Physics Electives)
  • Restricted Electives—Choose at least one approved course (3–5 sh) from:
    Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Materials Science, Engineering, Math, Chemistry, Computer Science, Biology, or Education, or any Physics Elective listed above] (see below)

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

‡The total of these courses must be at least 11 sh

General Education (39 sh)

  • Communications — 6 sh
  • Mathematics and Science — 15 sh
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences — 6 sh
  • History, Humanities, and Languages — 6 sh
  • Non-Program Courses (outside PHYS) — 6 sh

Free Electives (13–15 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




Approved Restricted Elective Courses

  • Physics
    • Physics of Everyday Life (PHYS 00.150)
    • Physics of Sound & Music (PHYS 00.170)
    • Mathematical Physics (PHYS 00.330)
  • Astronomy — any 200+ level Astronomy (ASTR 11) course
  • Atmospheric Science — any course from the PHSC 13 program
  • Earth Science/Geology
    • Any course from the ASTR 17 program
    • Geology I (GEOG 06.103)
    • Geology II (GEOG 06.104)
    • Investigations in Physical Geography (GEOG 06.110)
  • Materials Science
    • Material Science (ENGR 01.281)
    • Interdisciplinary Materials Science (INTR 01.486)
  • Engineering — any 300+ level Engineering course
  • Mathematics — any 200+ level Math course
  • Chemistry — any 200+ level Chemistry course (except Chemistry in the Environment)
  • Computer Science — any 200+ level Computer Science course
  • Biology — any Biology course
  • Education
    • Teaching/Learning A: Science (SMED 34.330)
    • Practicum in Teaching/Learning A: Science (SECD 03.330)
    • Teaching/Learning B: Science (SMED 34.331)
    • Practicum in Teaching/Learning B: Science (SECD 03.332)