Requirements for a Physical Science major

Required Core - 24-26 semester hours

  • 4 CHEM 112 General Chemistry I & 112L (gen ed)
  • 4 CHEM 114 General Chemistry II & 114L (gen ed)
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II 
  • 4-5 PHYS 211/L University Physics I & Lab
  • 4-5 PHYS 213/L University Physics II Lab  

Take 1 MATH course from the following: 3-4 hours

  • MATH 225 Calculus III 
  • MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 318 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • MATH 373 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 413 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 422 Complex Variables
  • MATH 487 Design of Experiments

Select 6 courses (&Lab) from the following: 18-24 hrs

  • CHEM 326/L Organic Chemestry I & Lab
  • CHEM 328/L Organic Chemistry II  Lab
  • CHEM 332/L Analytical Chemestry & Lab
  • CHEM 342 Physical Chemestry I 
  • CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II 
  • CHEM 434/L Instrumental Analysis & Lab
  • CHEM 452 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 464 Biochemistry I
  • SCS 150 Computer Science I
  • SCS 250 Computer Science II
  • CSC 260 Object Oriented Design
  • CSC 300 Data Structures
  • CSC 316 Discrete Mathematics (may not duplicate from above)
  • CSC 318 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • CSC 410 Parallel Computing
  • CSC 433 Computer Graphics
  • CSC 482 Algorithm Analysis
  • GEOL 201/L Physical Geology & Lab
  • GEOL 310 Volcanology
  • GEOL 340 Mineralogy and Petrology
  • GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemestry
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
  • PHYS 331 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • PHYS 341 Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 343 Statistical Physics
  • PHYS 361 Optics
  • PHYS 421 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 424 Digital Electronics
  • PHYS 433 Nuclear & Elementary Particle Physics
  • PHYS 451 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 481 Mathematical Physics
  • SCI 388 GIS/GPS

Gen Ed Requirements - 32 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 0 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics - satisfied by major
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 2 WEL 100 Wellness for Life & 100L
  • 9* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 12* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 0 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - satisfied by major

    * Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of
    either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257,
    ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100,
    MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

    A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours,
    of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

 

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