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undergraduate degree programs

Degree Programs Offered

  • BA, major in Physics
  • BS, major in Physics

Minor Offered

  • Physics

Physics, the study of matter and energy, is at the root of every field of natural science and underlies all physical phenomena. The problem-solving skills learned in the study of physics are valuable even if one’s career is not in a physics-related field.


The BS with a major in Physics provides a rigorous background in physics as a preparation for graduate studies or a career in industry. The BA with a major in Physics is for students who want a background in physics but plan to pursue fields of interest other than physics as a life’s work.


Career opportunities for a physics major exist in a wide variety of settings-from teaching in a classroom to basic research in an industrial or government laboratory, as a self-employed consultant, or as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.


Students who enter Texas State needing mathematics at a level below MATH 2417 are urged to attend a summer session to avoid any delay in starting their physics courses.


For more information contact the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center or the departmental advisor for the Department of Physics. For information on engineering technology, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and manufacturing engineering see the Ingram School of Engineering and Department of Engineering Technology sections of this catalog.

Students who enter Texas State needing mathematics at a level below MATH 2417 are urged to attend summer session to avoid delay in starting their physics courses.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Physics

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General requirements:

  1. A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required to graduate. An advanced course is one that is numbered above 3000 and below 5000.
  2. See the University College section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements.
  3. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours required for the degree. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  4. The major requires at least 44-46 semester hours.
  5. At least 9-11 advanced PHYS chosen from: PHYS 3315 (spring), 3416 (spring), 3417 (fall), 4305, 4311 (fall), 4313, 4314, 4317 (fall), 4320 (see dept.), 4321 (see dept.), or 4340 (spring) or courses approved by the department advisor.
  6. Recommended minor is mathematics. Minors and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
  7. BIO 1330/1130 or 1430 and BIO 1331/1131 or 1431 may be taken instead of CHEM 1141, 1341, and 1142, 1342 listed below.
 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester
Soph. Year – 1st Semester
Soph. Year – 2nd Semester
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
MATH 2471
4
PHYS 1430
4
PHYS 2425
4
PHYS 2435
4
US 1100
1
MATH 2472
4
MATH 3323
3
MATH 3373
3
ENG 1310
3
ENG 1320
3
CHEM 1141, 1341 (see gen. req. 7)
4
CHEM 1142, 1342 (see gen. req. 7)
4
POSI 2310
3
HIST 1310
3
PHIL 1305
3
ENG Literature (see gen. req. 2)
3
COMM 1310
3
PFW one course
1
 
 
Minor (see gen. req. 6)
3
PFW one course
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
15
Total
15
Total
14
Total
17
 
 
 
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester
Junior Year – 2nd Semester
Senior Year – 1st Semester
Senior Year – 2nd Semester
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
PHYS 3312
3
PHYS 3320
3
PHYS 4310
3
PHYS 4312
3
PHYS 3414
4
PHYS 3411
4
PHYS electives (see gen. req. 5)
6-8
PHYS 4315
3
Social Science Component (see gen. req. 2)
3
Electives/Minor (see gen. req. 1, 3, & 6)
6
Electives/Minor (see gen. req. 1, 3, & 6)
4
PHYS electives (see gen. req. 5)
3
HIST 1320
3
POSI 2320
3
 
 
Electives/Minor (see gen. req. 1, 3, & 6)
3-5
ART, DAN, MU, or TH 2313
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
16
Total
16
Total
13-15
Total
12-14

Bachelor of Arts
Major in Physics

Minimum required: 120 semester hours
General requirements:
  1. A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required to graduate. An advanced course is one that is numbered above 3000 and below 5000.
  2. See the University College section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements.
  3. The major requires 31-34 hours.
  4. 9-12 additional hours of advanced physics courses selected from PHYS 3315 (spring), 3414 (fall), 3416 (spring), 3417 (fall), 4305, 4310 (fall), 4311 (fall), 4312 (spring), 4313, 4314, 4315 (spring), 4317 (fall), 4320 (see dept.), 4321 (see dept.), or 4340 (spring).
  5. Majors should consult the department advisor or the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center before choosing a minor and the electives.
  6. BIO 1330/1130 or 1430 and BIO 1331/1131 or 1431 may be taken instead of CHEM 1141, 1341 and 1142, 1342 listed below.
  7. ENG 3303 Technical Writing course can be substituted for the second English literature course from the general education core curriculum.

Freshman Year – 1st Semester
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester
Soph. Year – 1st Semester
Soph. Year – 2nd Semester
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
MATH 2471
4
PHYS 1430
4
PHYS 2425
4
PHYS 2435
4
US 1100
1
MATH 2472
4
CHEM 1141, 1341 (see gen. req. 6)
4
CHEM 1142, 1342 (see gen. req. 6)
4
ENG 1310
3
ENG 1320
3
Modern Language 1410
4
Modern Language 1420
4
POSI 2310
3
HIST 1310
3
Social Science Component (see gen. req. 2)
3
PHIL 1305
3
COMM 1310
3
PFW one course
1
 
 
 
 
PFW one course
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
15
Total
15
Total
15
Total
15
 
 
 
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester
Junior Year – 2nd Semester
Senior Year – 1st Semester
Senior Year – 2nd Semester
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
Course
Hr
PHYS 3312
3
PHYS 3320
3
PHYS electives (see gen. req. 4)
3-4
PHYS Electives (see gen. req. 4)
6-8
MATH 3373
3
PHYS 3411
4
Electives/Minor (see gen. req. 1, 5, & 7)
6
Minor/Electives (see gen. req. 1 & 5)
5-8
Modern Language 2310
3
MATH 3323
3
ART, DAN, MU, or TH 2313
3
 
 
HIST 1320
3
Modern Language 2320
3
2nd ENG Literature (see gen. req. 2 & 7)
3
 
 
ENG Literature
3
POSI 2320
3
 
 
 
 
Total
15
Total
16
Total
15-16
Total
13-14