Major and Minor Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Physics


In addition to satisfying UK Core requirements and the College requirements, each student completes the following:

Premajor Requirements Hours
PHY 231/PHY 232/PHY 241/PHY 242  General University Physics and Laboratory, or with permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies:  PHY 211/PHY 213  General Physics.  10
PHY 228 Optics, Relativity, and Thermal Physics 3
CHE 105/CHE 107 General College Chemistry I and II 6
MA 113 Calculus I 4
MA 114 Calculus II 4

 

Major Requirements Hours
Requirement One  
PHY 306 Theoretical Methods of Physics 3
PHY 361 Principles of Modern Physics 3
PHY 335 Data Analysis for Physicists 1
PHY435W Intermediate Physics Laboratory 3
MA 213 Calculus III 4
Requirement Two  
Any 3-hour 300-level PHY course 3
Any 3-hour 400-level PHY course 3

The College of Arts & Sciences requires the completion of 42 credit hours in the field of concentration including at least 14 credit hours in a related area (e.g., computer science, mathematics, philosophy).
 

Bachelor of Science in Physics


In addition to satisfying UK Core requirements and the College requirements, each student completes the following:

Premajor Requirements Hours
PHY 231/PHY 232 General University Physics 8
PHY 241/PHY 242 General University Physics Laboratory 2
PHY 228 Optics, Relativity, and Thermal Physics 3
CHE 105/CHE 107 General College Chemistry I and II 6
MA 113 Calculus I 4
MA 114 Calculus II 4

Major Requirements Hours
Requirement One  
PHY 306 Theoretical Methods of Physics 3
PHY 361 Principles of Modern Physics 3
PHY 404G Mechanics 3
PHY 416G Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 417G Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 520 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
MA 213 Calculus III 4
MA 214 Calculus IV 3
Requirement Two  
One course from the following:
PHY 522 Heat and Thermodynamics 3
PHY 524 Solid State Physics 3
PHY 554 Fundamentals of Atomic Physics 3
PHY 555 Fundamental Nuclear Physics 3
PHY 556 Fundamental Particle Physics 3
AST 591 Astrophysics I -- Stars 3
AST 592 Astrophysics II -- The Galaxy 3
Requirement Three  
PHY 335 Data Analysis for Physicists 1
PHY 535 Exp Phy 2
Two other laboratory courses selected from the following:  
PHY 402G, PHY 422, PHY 435W, PHY 395/AST 395  

The College of Arts & Sciences requires the completion of 42 credit hours in the field of concentration including at least 14 credit hours in a related area (e.g., computer science, mathematics, philosophy).
 

Minor in Physics

Minor Requirements Hours
MA 113 or MA 137, MA 114 or MA 138, and MA 213 12
PHY 211/PHY 213 or PHY 231/PHY 232/PHY 241/PHY 242 10
PHY 228 Optics, Relativity, and Thermal Physics 3
PHY 361 Principles of Modern Physics 3

 

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