Physics B.S. – Engineering Physics Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Cynthia S. Galovich, Ph.D., Department Chair

Location: Ross Hall 0232

Telephone: 970.351.2961

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/physics

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Engineering emphasis of the B. S. in Physics provides practical application of the theories and methods of physics. Students take more courses in the theory of physics than they would in the typical engineering curriculum and more courses in applications related to the engineering fields than they would in the traditional physics degree.

Graduates will be well prepared for engineering-type positions in industry and research laboratories or for graduate work in engineering or physics-related fields. Because of the strong emphasis on both theory and applications, graduates can quickly assimilate rapid changes in these fields.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A research project, completed in PHYS 470, is required for all emphases except secondary teaching. HON 451 may be substituted for PHYS 470.
  • A 2.0 GPA or better is required in PHYS prefix courses for graduation.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I

4

MATH 132Calculus II

4

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

5

PHYS 240General Physics I

5

Remaining LAC — 22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from Areas 7 and/or 8 that also count for Areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 60-64 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHYS 241General Physics II

5

PHYS 301Seminar in Physics

1

PHYS 320Mathematical Methods I

3

PHYS 321Elementary Modern Physics

4

PHYS 340Mechanics

4

PHYS 341Electricity and Magnetism

4

PHYS 343Electronics

4

PHYS 345Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYS 347Optics

4

PHYS 360Laboratory Physics I

2

PHYS 370Research I

1 - 3

PHYS 420Mathematical Methods II

3

PHYS 440Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

4

PHYS 445Quantum Mechanics II

3

PHYS 447Electro-optics

2

PHYS 460Laboratory Physics II

2

PHYS 470Research II

1 - 3

CS 102Structured Programming

3

MATH 233Calculus III

4

Elective credits in Computer Science (CS)

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 16-20 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 16-20 credits.