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Sample Degree Plan Courses

The following is a list of courses based on sample degree plan. Other requirements may be necessary to complete this degree.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

Two courses with a writing flag or a substantialwriting component are required. One of these courses mustbe upper-division. Courses with a writing flag ora substantial writing component are identifiedin the Course Schedule. They may be used simultaneouslyto fulfill other requirements, unlessotherwise specified.

1 courses required.

Option I: Physics

This option is designed to give the student a strong foundation for graduate study or work in physics and for further study or work in a variety of other areas.                            

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Chemistry

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Additional Science

Six semester hours in biology, geological sciences,or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfillthis requirement if it cannot be counted towardmajor requirements in the department that offersit.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Mathematics

Only coursesat the level of calculus and above may be countedtoward the total number of hours required forthe degree.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

M Differen And Integral Calculus
4.0
M Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4.0
M Adv Calculus For Applicatns I
4.0
M Adv Calc For Applc II-ap-hon
4.0

Additional Mathematics

Select six additional semesterhours of upper-division coursework in mathematics.The following courses are recommended:Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. 

6.0 Hrs. required.

Foreign Language

One of the following foreign language/culture choices:a. Second-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language.b. First-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language and a three semester-hour course in the culture of thesame language area.c. Two three-semester-hour courses in oneforeign culture area. The courses must bechosen from an approved list available in thedean’s office and the college advising centers.

1 courses required.

Electives

Enough additional coursework to make a total of126 semester hours.

25.0 Hrs. required.

Option II: Computation

This option is designed to provide the necessaryfoundation and hands-on skill in computation for thestudent who plans a career or further study in computationalphysics or computer science. Students whocomplete this option may simultaneously fulfill someof the requirements of the Certificate in ScientificComputation.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Chemistry

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Additional Science

Six semester hours in biology, geological sciences,or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfillthis requirement if it cannot be counted towardmajor requirements in the department that offersit.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Mathematics

Only coursesat the level of calculus and above may be countedtoward the total number of hours required forthe degree.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

M Differen And Integral Calculus
4.0
M Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4.0
M Adv Calculus For Applicatns I
4.0
M Adv Calc For Applc II-ap-hon
4.0

Additional Mathematics

Select six additional semesterhours of upper-division coursework in mathematics.The following courses are recommended:Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. 

6.0 Hrs. required.

Foreign Language

One of the following foreign language/culture choices:a. Second-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language.b. First-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language and a three semester-hour course in the culture of thesame language area.c. Two three-semester-hour courses in oneforeign culture area. The courses must bechosen from an approved list available in thedean’s office and the college advising centers.

1 courses required.

Scientific Computation Option

1 courses required.

Option A

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

SSC Intro Scientific Programming
2.0
C S Foundations Of Computer Sci
3.0

Additional Course

Select a course not already taken for credit.

1 courses required.

CHE Numercl Meths In Che/prob Solv
3.0

Electives

Enough additional coursework to make a total of126 semester hours.

15.0 Hrs. required.

Option III: Radiation Physics

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundationfor the student who plans a career or furtherstudy in nuclear engineering, radiation engineering,or health physics.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Chemistry

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Additional Science

Six semester hours in biology, geological sciences,or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfillthis requirement if it cannot be counted towardmajor requirements in the department that offersit.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Mathematics

Only coursesat the level of calculus and above may be countedtoward the total number of hours required forthe degree.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

M Differen And Integral Calculus
4.0
M Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4.0
M Adv Calculus For Applicatns I
4.0
M Adv Calc For Applc II-ap-hon
4.0

Additional Mathematics

Select six additional semesterhours of upper-division coursework in mathematics.The following courses are recommended:Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. 

6.0 Hrs. required.

Foreign Language

One of the following foreign language/culture choices:a. Second-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language.b. First-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language and a three semester-hour course in the culture of thesame language area.c. Two three-semester-hour courses in oneforeign culture area. The courses must bechosen from an approved list available in thedean’s office and the college advising centers.

1 courses required.

Electives

Enough additional coursework to make a total of126 semester hours.

16.0 Hrs. required.

Option IV: Space Sciences

This option is designed to provide the necessary foundationfor the student who plans a career or furtherstudy in space sciences.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Chemistry

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Additional Science

Six semester hours in biology, geological sciences,or astronomy. A course may not be used to fulfillthis requirement if it cannot be counted towardmajor requirements in the department that offersit.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Mathematics

Only coursesat the level of calculus and above may be countedtoward the total number of hours required forthe degree.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

M Differen And Integral Calculus
4.0
M Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4.0
M Adv Calculus For Applicatns I
4.0
M Adv Calc For Applc II-ap-hon
4.0

Additional Mathematics

Select six additional semesterhours of upper-division coursework in mathematics.The following courses are recommended:Mathematics 340L, 361, and 362K. 

6.0 Hrs. required.

Foreign Language

One of the following foreign language/culture choices:a. Second-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language.b. First-semester-level proficiency, or theequivalent, in a foreign language and a three semester-hour course in the culture of thesame language area.c. Two three-semester-hour courses in oneforeign culture area. The courses must bechosen from an approved list available in thedean’s office and the college advising centers.

1 courses required.

Aerospace Engineering and/or Physics

Either fifteen semester hours of upper-divisioncoursework in aerospace engineering or thirteenhours in aerospace engineering and three additionalhours of upper-division coursework inphysics.

15.0 Hrs. required.

Electives

Enough additional coursework to make a total ofat least 126 semester hours.

14.0 Hrs. required.

Option V: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirementsfor certification as a middle grades or secondaryschool science teacher in Texas; the student choosescomposite science certification with physics as theprimary teaching field, physical sciences certification,physics/mathematics certification, or physical science,mathematics, and engineering certification. However,completion of the course requirements does not guaranteethe student’s certification. For information aboutadditional requirements, students should consult theUTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Upper-Division Physics

With the consent of theprogram coordinator, an upper-division physicscourse that includes a substantial research componentmay be substituted for Physics 341.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

PHY Forensic Science
3.0
PHY Modern Physics Laboratory
3.0
PHY Modern Physics & Thermodynams
3.0

Certification Area

1 courses required.

Composite Science

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

BIO Introductory Biology I
3.0
BIO Introductory Biology II
3.0

Geological Sciences

Six hours of coursework in geological sciences;courses intended for nonsciencemajors may not be counted toward thisrequirement.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Additional Approved Coursework

Enough additional approved coursework inbiology, chemistry, or geological sciencesto provide the required twelve hours in asecond field.

6.0 Hrs. required.

Electives

Enough additional coursework to make a total ofat least 126 semester hours.

8.0 Hrs. required.

Professional Development Coursework

Students seeking middle grades certificationmust complete the following courses: EducationalPsychology 363M (Topic 3: AdolescentDevelopment), or Psychology 301 and 304; andCurriculum and Instruction 339E.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

EDC Sec Sch Teach Prac: Science
6.0
UTS Sec Teacher Educ Prep: Step 1
1.0
UTS Sec Teacher Educ Prep: Step 2
1.0
UTS Knowing/learning In Math & Sci
3.0
UTS Classroom Interactions
3.0
UTS Project-based Instruction
3.0
UTS Student Teaching Seminar
1.0

Option VI: Physics Honors

To graduate under option VI, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 14 (BSPhy, option VI) above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option VI; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.Enough additional coursework may be needed to make a total of120 semester hours.  

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Breadth Requirement

At least one of the math courses must be a designated honors section. Credit earned by examination may not be counted toward this requirement.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

BIO Adv Intro To Genetics: Honors
3.0
BIO Genetics: Honors
3.0
CH Principles Of Chem I: Honors
3.0
CH Principles Of Chem II: Honors
3.0
M Adv Calculus For Applicatns I
4.0
M Adv Calc For Applc II-ap-hon
4.0
M Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus
4.0
M Differen And Integral Calculus
4.0

Research Course

A three-semester-hour upper division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.

3.0 Hrs. required.

Approved Courses

Ten additional semester hours of coursework approvedby the departmental honors adviser.

10.0 Hrs. required.

Liberal or Fine Arts

Six semester hours of coursework in the Collegeof Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.

6.0 Hrs. required.

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