Undergraduate 2017-2018

Physics B.S.

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 Credit

Program Description:

This major focuses on the main laws and principles of physics through a basic core of physics and support courses. Students can select from a variety of elective courses at the junior/senior level to tailor the program toward their future goals.

Graduates have a solid foundation in physics for pursuing their individual career goals, including employment in industry and research laboratories and graduate studies in physics, engineering, health or the environment.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A research project, completed in PHYS 470, is required. HON 451 may be substituted for PHYS 470.
  • A 2.0 GPA or better is required in PHYS prefix courses for graduation.
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


MATH 132Calculus II


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


PHYS 240General Physics I


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 —62-66 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHYS 241General Physics II


PHYS 301Seminar in Physics


PHYS 320Mathematical Methods I


PHYS 321Elementary Modern Physics


PHYS 340Mechanics


PHYS 341Electricity and Magnetism


PHYS 345Quantum Mechanics I


PHYS 360Laboratory Physics I


PHYS 370Research I

1- 3

PHYS 420Mathematical Methods II


PHYS 440Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


PHYS 445Quantum Mechanics II


PHYS 448Nuclear and Particle Physics


PHYS 460Laboratory Physics II


PHYS 470Research II

1- 3

MATH 233Calculus III


Elective Credits in Mathematics (consent of advisor)


Choose three credits of the following:

Elective credits in Computer Science (CS)



General Computing (CG) (consent of advisor)


Choose eight credits of the following:

Elective credits in Physics or Astronomy, including at least one 300-level or above course that has a lab (consent of advisor).

3. University-Wide Credits — 14-18 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 14-18 credits.