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 Bachelor's 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.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements (in KSU Catalog).

General Education Requirements Specific to This Major

  • Area A2: MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
  • Area D1: MATH 1190
  • Area D2, Group 1: (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L)
  • Area D2, Group 2: (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108L)

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 - Principles of Physics III 1
  • MATH 2202 - Calculus II
  • MATH 2203 - Calculus III

Major Requirements (60 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 3110 - Directed Methods
      or
    • PHYS 4400 - Directed Study

    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 3 below.

    Free Electives (3 Credit Hours)

    Any course in the university curriuclum.

  • 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

    Free Electives (3 Credit Hours)

    Any course in the university curriuclum.

  • Required Courses (32-33 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

    • CSE 1311 - C++ Programming for Engineers
      or
    • ME 1311 - MATLAB for Engineers with Applications

    Free Electives (1-2 Credit Hours)

    Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements

See listing of requirements.

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)


Notes:

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to take MATH 1190 in Area A , CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L in Area D.
  2. Students planning graduate work in physics should take either PHYS 4400 or PHYS 4430.
  3. Students planning graduate work in physics should include the following courses in their electives: MATH 3204, MATH 3260, and PHYS 4260.
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