Physics Undergraduate Program

Physics B.S. Requirements

KU Core requirements not met by major requirements (~24 credits or equivalent experiences)

Hours

Goal 2

Written (2 units) and oral communication  (1 unit)

9

Goal 3A 3B

Fundamental knowledge in Humanities, Social Sciences

6

Goal 4

Human Diversity and Cultural Understanding and Global Awareness

6

Goal 5

Social responsibility and ethical behavior

3

Goals 1 & 3C

Met by foundational courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics

 

Foundational Physics & Mathematics  (19.5 credits)

Hours

PHSX 150

Seminar in  Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Physics                      

0.5

PHSX 211 or 213

General Physics I (213 is honors/majors equivalent, 5 credits includes lab)

4

PHSX 212 or 214

General Physics II (214 is honors/majors equivalent, 4 credits includes lab)

3

PHSX 216

General Physics I Laboratory

1

PHSX 236

General Physics II Laboratory

1

MATH 125

Calculus I   

5

MATH 126

Calculus II 

5

General Science Requirements (8 to 9 credits)

Hours

Chemistry

CHEM 130 (or 190) Foundations of Chemistry

5

Computer Sci.

EECS 138 (3), Intro. to Computing or EECS 168 (4) Programming I

3-4

Advanced Mathematics (11 credits)

Hours

MATH 127

Vector Calculus

3

MATH 290

Elementary Linear Algebra

2

MATH 320

Elem. Differential Equations. 

3

Math elective

ONE Course from the following list  PHSX 518, 718, MATH 465, 526, 530, 558, 581, 590, 628, 646,  647, 648, 660, 661, OR any 700-level MATH lecture course except for MATH 701 and 715.

3

Advanced Physics required for both options (24 credits)

Hours

PHSX 313

General Physics III

3

PHSX 316

Intermediate Physics Laboratory (with or after PHSX 313)

1

PHSX 511

Intro. Quantum Mechanics

3

PHSX 516 or 536

Physical Measurements or Electronic Circuits & Measurements

4

PHSX 521

Mechanics I

3

PHSX 531

Electricity & Magnetism

3

PHSX 671

Thermal Physics

3

PHSX elective

Any physics lecture or laboratory course numbered 500 or higher and not part of other specific requirements for the major.

3

PHSX research

PHSX 503, Undergraduate Research, or 501 (Honors). 1 credit is required for majors; more may be taken. More than 1 credit of research may be required for departmental honors

1

 

B.S. Physics candidates select one of the following options: pre-professional or interdisciplinary

Pre-Professional Option  Requirements (13 credits)

Hours

PHSX 621

Mechanics II

3

PHSX 631

Electromagnetic Theory

3

PHSX 711

Quantum Mechanics

3

PHSX 516 or 536

Physical Measurements or Electronic Circuits & Measurements; students in this option track take both advanced laboratory courses

4

Interdisciplinary Option Requirements (12 to 15 credits)

Hours

PHSX

TWO  of: PHSX 621, PHSX 631, PHSX 711, PHSX 516/536

6-7

Interdisciplinary science electives

Two semesters coursework in an allied science at 300-level or higher. Students must meet any prerequisites for these courses as part of elective hours.  Courses approved to date are:

6-8

 

CHEM 598, 622 or 646 (CHEM 598 open only to UKanTeach students)

 

 

BIOL 350, 400, 408, 412, 416, 600, 636, 638

 

 

GEOL 360,562, 572, 575, 576, 577

 

 

Additional Notes:

  • Students may satisfy the Integrative Knowledge (Goal 6) KU Core requirement by
    • satisfying requirements for more than one major or a major and minor combination
    • taking PHSX 601 as the elective
    •  satisfying requirements for Research Experience Certification
  • Specific requirements for the physics B.S. comprise 101.5 to 102.5 credits for the pre-professional option, 100.5 to 104.5 credits for the interdisciplinary option, leaving 14.5 to 19.5 credits usable for elective courses; 120 credits are presently required for bachelor’s degrees.
  • Specific requirements for this degree include 42 to 45 credit hours at the junior/senior level if MATH 320 is taken as recommended.  A few additional hours of elective coursework at the junior/senior level must be included as electives to meet the separate requirement set by the Regents for 45 credit hours of junior/senior coursework.
  • Students who wish to major in both physics and astronomy must meet the requirements of both degrees plus additional requirements: 15 credits must be unique for each degree. 

 

With a few modifications, students earning a bachelor of science in physics may qualify for licensure to teach at the time they graduate by following the UKanTeach curriculum.  UKanTeach adds several pedagogic and a few general education requirements but is otherwise indistinguishable from a B.S. in physics, so students may feel equally well prepared for education, further research or study. 

All content and education-related courses used to fulfill licensure requirements must be taken on a letter-grade basis. 

Other requirements specific to completing the UKanTeach program for a secondary teaching license in physics are:

Professional Development Coursework Requirements: A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

27

Liberal Arts & Sciences

LA&S 290 Approaches to Teaching Science and Math I

1

 

LA&S 291 Approaches to Teaching Science and Math II

1

Curriculum & Teaching

C&T 360 Knowing and Learning in Science & Mathematics

3

 

C&T 366 Classroom Interactions in Science & Mathematics

3

 

C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

 

C&T 460 Project-Based Instruction

3

 

C&T 500 Student Teaching (6 hours) Requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA in major and overall.)

6

 

C&T 598 Special Topics Seminar

1

Research Methods

CHEM 598 or Equivalent course /experience approved by UKanTeach in Major Field of Study

*** Students pursuing the interdisciplinary option may use this course as one of their interdisciplinary science electives.  ***

3

History of Science

History of Science course approved by UKanTeach

3


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