BS in Physics
The Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for careers as practicing physicists or for graduate-level education. The program also equips students for professional environments that require scientific thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The BS is a 66-credit program, with a stronger focus on computer science and math, as well as more physics courses than the BA in Physics. In both the BS and BA curricula, students take a capstone course. In the BS, students also complete a required three-credit undergraduate research course in biophysics, nuclear physics or astrophysics.
Declare a Major
All students should visit the undergraduate program director or another physics advisor before submitting the Declaration of Major/Minor Form. Current advisors are listed on the faculty directory.
“One summer, I was able to work on one of the experiments at [the European Council for Nuclear Research] and actually help shape the future of the detector layout. We started each day with crash courses in particle physics from experts. The afternoons were spent working with an advisor on a project selected for each of us students.”
BS '16, Physics
Students majoring in physics complete a required capstone course. Learning objectives for the capstone include:
- Working in a mentored learning environment to design and conduct physics research in an ethical manner
- Exploring and preparing for various careers
- Practicing how to share research findings with different audiences
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|Introductory courses (26 credits)
|Introduction to Programming with Python
|or MAE 1117
|Introduction to Engineering Computations
|University Physics I
|or PHYS 1025
|University Physics I with Biological Applications
|University Physics II
|or PHYS 1026
|University Physics II with Biological Applications
|Single-Variable Calculus I
|Single-Variable Calculus II
|Linear Algebra I
|Advanced courses (46 credits)
|Ordinary Differential Equations
|Intermediate Laboratory I: Techniques and Methods
|Intermediate Laboratory II: Instrumentation
|Math Methods for Physics
|Thermal and Statistical Physics
|Electromagnetic Theory I
|Electromagnetic Theory II
|Principles of Quantum Physics
|Undergraduate Research in Biophysics
|or PHYS 4197
|Undergraduate Research in Nuclear Physics
|or ASTR 4195
|Undergraduate Research in Astrophysics
|Three courses (9 credits) in Physics (PHYS) numbered 3000 or above and/or Astronomy (ASTR) numbered 2000 or above.