Bachelor Degree in Physical Science

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Bachelor Degree in Physical Science

The composite major in physical science is a major designed to provide a person with broad, rigorous training in both physics and chemistry with introductory courses in the earth sciences, as well. Physical science includes the branches of natural science and sciences that study non-living systems, contrasting the biological sciences. This major is especially appropriate for persons planning to teach physics, chemistry or general science in a junior or senior high school setting. The broad knowledge base obtained from this major and the faculty involved prepares a student for graduate school in Meteorology or employment in a variety of other occupations where an understanding of chemistry, physics or mathematics is needed.

Requirements for a Physical Science major

Required Core - 26 semester hours

  • General Chemistry I & 112L (gen ed)
  • General Chemistry II & 114L (gen ed)
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I & Lab
  • University Physics II Lab

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

  • Calculus III
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • Differential Equations
  • Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Complex Variables
  • Design of Experiments

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

  • Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Analytical Chemistry & Lab
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Instrumental Analysis & Lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I
  • Computer Science I
  • Computer Science II
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics (may not duplicate from above)
  • Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • Parallel Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Physical Geology & Lab
  • Volcanology
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Optics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Digital Electronics
  • Nuclear & Elementary Particle Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Physics

Select one course from the following list:

  • Seminar
  • Technical Communication
  • Seminar

Select 12 credit hours from the following list:

  • Topics (3-6)
  • Research (3-6)
  • Topics (3-6)
  • Topics (3-6)
  • Research(3-6)
  • Topics (3-6)
  • Research (3-6)
  • Research (3-6)
  • Topics (3-6)
  • Internship (3-6)

Gen Ed Requirements - 32 semester hours

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Gen Ed - Mathematics - satisfied by major
  • Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • Wellness for Life & 100L
  • Gen Ed - Social Science
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - satisfied by major
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