Bachelor of Science in Physics

B.S. in Physics

Physics is perhaps the most fundamental of the sciences. It involves the study of the nature of basic things, such as motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound, light, and the atom. Physics reduces our knowledge of the world around us to a more orderly and satisfying form. It is successfully applied to solving problems of practical importance to society. Modern technology depends heavily upon physics, and technological progress follows advances in physics and the other basic sciences. The interest of physicists extends from the vast world of stars and galaxies to the minute world of atoms and elementary particles. Physicists did the pioneering work in the discovery and development of electrical and nuclear power, communication systems, solid state devices, and integrated circuits, computers, jet propulsion, and interplanetary space navigation. They continue to search for more discoveries that will benefit society.

  • EP 100 Physics and Engineering Concepts (1)
  • EP 240 Circuit Analysis (4)
  • EP 340 Electronic Circuits (4)
  • EP 361 Thermal Analysis (3)
  • EP 462 Materials Science (3)
  • PH 230/030 General Physics I (5)
  • PH 231/031 General Physics II (5)
  • PH 341 Optics (3)
  • EP 345 Experimental Methods I (3)
  • PH 360 Modern Physics (3)
  • PH 370 Mechanics (3)
  • PH 371 Electromagnetics (3)
  • PH 473 Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PH 477 Physics Seminar (1)
  • PH 478 Undergraduate Research (1)
  • PH 479 Undergraduate Research (2)
  • PH 570 Mathematical Physics (3)
  • XX xxx Technical Electives (8)
  • CH 185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
  • CS 177 Programming for Scientists and Engineers (3)
  • MA 140 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA 145 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
  • MA 244 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4)
  • MA 345 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MA 350 Differential Equations (3)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • U.S. History requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Sample Four-Year Plan

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • CS 177 (3)
  • EP 100 (1)
  • MA 140 (5)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • MA 145 (4)
  • PH 230/030 (5)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • MA 244 (4)
  • PH 231/031 (5)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • EP 240 (4)
  • MA 350 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • PH 371 (3)
  • PH 360 (3)
  • PH 370 (3)
  • PH 345 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • PH 341 (4)
  • EP 462 (3)
  • PH 570 (3)
  • MA 345 (3)
  • Technical Elective (2)

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • EP 361 (3)
  • PH 477 (1)
  • PH 478 (1)
  • Technical Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • EP 462 (3)
  • PH 479 (2)
  • PH 473 (3)
  • Technical Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)

Contact

573.651.2167
pcrawford@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 306
Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701