B.S. in Physics

The program of study in physics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree provides students with the opportunity to pursue a major field of concentration in physics with the necessary specialization to succeed in a wide array of post-baccalaureate opportunities. The following degree tracks include the course work and experience necessary for student success. See an academic advisor in the CSM Advising Center for specific course information and important aspects of each of these tracks.

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  • Physics is the study of matter, motion, force and energy across space and time. This area of study is wide-ranging and math-intensive; students who earn Bachelors degrees in physics develop broad analytical skills and are well prepared to pursue graduate education in physics or related areas of study. Other graduates pursue careers in the engineering, computer science or other STEM-related areas.
  • This BS degree with a concentration in electrical engineering combines the study of physics with 25 credit hours of courses in electrical engineering, thus further broadening the students' analytical skills. In addition, adding electrical engineering courses will increase the marketability of the physics student.
  • This BS degree with a concentration in mechanical engineering combines the study of physics with 29 credit hours of courses in mechanical engineering. This curriculum design helps to further broaden the students' analytical skills. In addition, adding skills developed in mechanical engineering courses will increase the marketability of the physics student.
  • The Physics Education track is an option that allows undergraduate students to obtain the skills they need to be successful teachers. The physics degree provides the necessary content knowledge, the education courses provide the foundations of how to teach while the physics education courses brings the two together so that individuals not only know physics and how to teach but more importantly how to teach physics in the classroom.

    *IMPORTANT: Science Education Tracks are transitioning to Bagwell College of Education.

Curriculum

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements (in KSU Catalog).

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II
  • PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics Laboratory II
  • PHYS 2213 - Introduction to Thermal and Modern Physics1
  • MATH 2202 - Calculus II
  • MATH 2203 - Calculus III

Upper Division Major Requirements (48-68 Credit Hours)

I. Physics Core Courses: (23 credits)

  • PHYS 3210 - Intermediate Mechanics
  • PHYS 3220 - Electromagnetism 1
  • PHYS 3500K - Introduction to Computational Physics
  • PHYS 3710 - Modern Physics
  • PHYS 3720L - Modern Physics Laboratory
  • PHYS 4210 - Quantum Physics
  • PHYS 4230 - Thermal Physics

II. Math Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

  • MATH 2306 - Ordinary Differential Equations (must pass with a “C” or better)
  • See Note 2 below.

    Required Courses (8 Credit Hours)

    • PHYS 3260 - Mathematical Physics
    • PHYS 3410K - Electronics Laboratory
    • PHYS 4410K - Advanced Physics Laboratory
    • PHYS 4430 - Capstone Physics Project

    Electives (23 Credit Hours)

    Any 3000 or 4000-level course in Physics, Math, Engineering, or Computing.  A minimum of 9 of these credits must be in Physics.

  • See Note 1 below.

    Required Courses (31 Credit Hours)

    • PHYS 4240 - Solid State Physics
    • EE 2301 - Circuit Analysis I
    • EE 2302 - Circuit Analysis II
    • EE 2501 - Digital Logic Design
    • EE 2401 - Semiconductor Devices
    • EE 3701 - Signals and Systems
    • EE 3401 - Engineering Electronics
    • EE 4201 - Control Systems
    • ENGR 2214 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • See Note 2 below.

    Required Courses (33 Credit Hours)

    • EDG 1211 - Engineering Graphics I
    • ENGR 2214 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics
    • ENGR 3122 - Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
    • ENGR 3125 - Machine Dynamics & Vibrations
    • ENGR 3131 - Strength of Materials
    • ENGR 3132 - Strength of Materials Lab
    • ENGR 3343 - Fluid Mechanics
    • ENGR 3345 - Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
    • ME 3101 - Materials Science and Engineering
    • ME 4141 - Machine Design I
    • ME 4250 - Computer Aided Engineering
  • See Note 2 below.

    Supporting Discipline Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

    • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
      or
    • CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II

    Note: If BIOL 1107 and/or CHEM 1211 is taken in General Education Requirements Area D, CHEM 1212 should be taken. If CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1212 are taken in General Education Requirements Area D, BIOL 1107 should be taken.

    Professional Education Courses (32 Credit Hours)

    • EDSM 1101 - Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    • EDSM 1102 - Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Planning
    • EDSM 2010 - Knowing and Learning in Science
    • ITEC 3300 - Improving Learning with Technology in High School Classrooms
    • INED 3305 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting I
    • INED 3306 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting II
    • INED 4435 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners
    • INED 4436 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners II
    • SCED 3010 - Perspectives in Teaching Science
    • PHED 3372 - Physics Education Research Methods
    • SCED 2421 - Classroom Interactions
    • PHED 4422 - Project-based Instruction
    • PHED 4423 - Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Physics
    • PHED 4660 - Yearlong Clinical Experience

Free Electives (3 Credit Hours)

Any credit courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120-121 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements

See listing of requirements (in KSU Catalog).

Notes:

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to take MATH 1190 in Area A, and CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L in Area D.
  2. This track has 121 credits and no Free Electives.
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