Physics Students at Utah Valley University
College of Science & Health

Curriculum Plan for Bachelor of Science in Physics

For students doing all course work at UVU. Courses requiring prerequisites should not be taken until prerequisites have been met. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with courses requiring the prerequisites.



REQUIRED BS PHYSICS PROGRAM COURSE WORK
Semester 1
Semester 2
MATH 1210 Calculus I 5.0 MATH 1220 Calculus II 5.0
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3.0 PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I 4.0
PE-S 1097
or
HLTH 1100
Fitness for Life
or
Personal Health & Wellness
2.0 PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I Lab 1.0
You Choose Fine Arts 3.0 ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing - Sci./Tech. 3.0
You Choose Biology Course 3.0 You Choose American Institutions Course 3.0
Total 16.0 Total 16.0
Semester 3
Semester 4
MATH 2210 Calculus III 3.0 MATH 2280 Ordinary Differential Equations 3.0
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II 4.0 PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics 3.0
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II Lab 1.0 PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics 3.0
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3.0 You Choose Soc/Behavioral Science Course 3.0
CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming 3.0 You Choose Humanities Course 3.0
Total 14.0 Total 15.0
Semester 5 Semester 6
PHYS 3210 Intro to Experimental Physics I 2.0 PHYS 3220 Intro to Experimental Physics II 2.0
PHYS 3230 Princ. of Electronics for the Phys. Sci. 3.0 PHYS 4300 Computational Physics 3.0
PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics 3.0 See Below Discipline Core Elective* 3.0
PHYS 3740 Modern Physics 3.0 You Choose Elective 3.0
You Choose Elective 3.0 You Choose Elective 3.0
You Choose Elective 3.0 PHYS 490R Seminar  0.5
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5      
Total 17.5 Total 14.5
Semester 7 Semester 8
PHYS 4210 Advanced Experimental Techniques 3.0 PHYS 4600 Optics 3.0
PHYS 4410 Electrostatics and Magnetism 3.0 PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
See Below Discipline Core Elective* 3.0 See Below Discipline Core Elective* 3.0
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5 You Choose Elective 3.0
You Choose Elective 3.0 You Choose Elective  3.0
You Choose Elective 3.0      
Total 15.5 Total 12.5
*The following classes may be used to fulfill the Discipline Core Electives:
  • PHYS 3050 Astrophysics (3.0)
  • PHYS 4420 Electrodynamics (3.0)
  • PHYS 4510 Quantum Mechanics I (3.0)
  • PHYS 4520 Quantum Mechanics II (3.0)
  • PHYS 4700 Acoustics (3.0)
  • PHYS 4800 Solid State Physics (3.0)
  • PHYS 499A Senior Project (2.0)
  • PHYS 499B Senior Thesis (1.0)
A minimum of 120 semester hours is required, 40 of the 120 hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 and above).
Overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or above with no grade lower than a “C” in core and elective requirement courses.
To graduate from UVU with a Bachelor´s degree, a student must complete 30 credits in residence from UVU. UVU courses taken on or off campus will count as residency hours.
Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
TOTAL BS PROGRAM CREDITS: 121.0

 

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