Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program
Physical Science - Interdepartmental

The physical science–interdepartmental major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed for persons who want a broad background in both physics and chemistry and to understand the interrelationships between these disciplines. This major is designed primarily for persons who plan to teach physics, chemistry and/or physical science in secondary schools.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in  Physical Science–Interdepartmental

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science–Interdepartmental.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Physical Science—Interdepartmental major is met by completing Science and Mathematics Education 401.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. One of the following courses (4 credits):  
      CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
      CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
      CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    c. All of the following courses (57 credits):  
      CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
      CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
      CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
      CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
      CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
      CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
      CEM 383 Introductory Physical Chemistry I 3
      ISE 401 Science Laboratories for Secondary Schools (W) 4
      MTH 132 Calculus I 3
      MTH 133 Calculus II 4
      MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
      MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
      PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
      PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
      PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
      PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
      PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
      PHY 431 Optics I 3
      PHY 440 Electronics 4
      An approved elective in chemistry or physics 3
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
      ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
      PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
      PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
      ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3