Undergraduate Degree - Physics - Bachelor of Science

Program:
Physics - Bachelor of Science
Program Code:
3842 Physics
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FQ68
Department:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs
Physics - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the field of physics together with considerable background in mathematics and a balanced program in the liberal arts. It is designed for those with an interest in:

  1. Graduate Study. Within the requirements listed below, the student's electives should emphasize theory in such areas as electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, additional mathematics, and computer programming.
  2. Experimental Physics as a preparation for positions in government and industry.  Students taking this program have an opportunity to obtain a basic background in mechanics, electricity and electronics, thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics. They will also have an opportunity to acquire strong experimental training in at least two and probably three of the following areas: electronics, modern optics, nuclear physics, and solid state (materials) physics. Computer programming courses and experience are strongly recommended.

Recommended programs of study are available in a Department of Physics and Astronomy brochure.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics

  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 Physics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Physics major is met by completing one of the clusters of courses referenced in item 3. b. (4) 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.   The following courses outside the Department of Physics and Astronomy (23 to 28 credits):
        (1)   One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
            BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
            BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
            ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
            MMG 201 Fundamentals of Microbiology 3
            PLB 105 Plant Biology     3
            PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
            ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
        (2)   One of the following groups of courses (8 to 10 credits):  
            (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
              CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
              CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
            (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
              CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
              CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
            (c) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
              CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
              CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
            (d) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
              LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
              LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
        (3)   One of the following groups of Mathematics courses (12 to 14 credits):   
            (a) MTH 132 Calculus I 3
              MTH 133 Calculus II 4
              MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
              MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
            (b) MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
              MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
              MTH 254H Honors Multivariable Calculus 4
              MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
                or        
              MTH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
            (c) LB 118 Calculus I 4
              LB 119 Calculus II 4
              LB 220 Calculus III 4
        (4)   Two additional mathematics courses at the 300-level or above of at least 3 credits each. PHY 415 Methods of Theoretical Physics may be used in fulfillment of this requirement.
    b.   The following courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (33 to 38 credits):  
        (1)   One of the following groups of courses (8 to 14 credits):  
            (a) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
              PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
              PHY 191 Physics Laboratory fo Scientists, I 1
              PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientistis, II 1
            (b) PHY 191 Physics Laboratory fo Scientists, I 1
              PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientistis, II 1
              PHY 193H Honors Physics I - Mechanics 4
              PHY 294H Honors Physics II - Electromagnetism 4
            (c) LB 273 Physics I 4
              LB 274 Physics II 4
        (2)   All of the following courses (18 credits):  
            PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
            PHY 321 Classical Mechanics I 3
            PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
            PHY 451 Advanced Laboratory 3
            PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
            PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
        (3)   One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
            PHY 431 Optics I       3
            PHY 440 Electronics     4
        (4)   One of the following groups of courses (4 or 6 credits):  
            (a) PHY 490 Senior Thesis 4
              Students must complete two enrollments of this course.  
            (b) Two of the following courses:  
              PHY 491 Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics 3
              PHY 492 Introduction to Nuclear Physics 3
              PHY 493 Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics 3

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Physics, BS (3842)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Physics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics
Major - Physics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics: 1 course from ENT205, PLB105, PSL250, ZOL141, BS161, BS162, MMG201

Requirement 12: Major - Physics - Chemistry Pair
Major - Physics - Chemistry Pair: A total 3 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM141, CEM142, CEM161
CEM151, CEM152, CEM161
LB171, LB171L, LB172
CEM181H, CEM182H, CEM185H

Requirement 13: Major - Physics - Calculus I and II
Major - Physics - Calculus I and II: A total 12 credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH152H, MTH153H, MTH254H, MTH235
MTH132, MTH133, MTH234, MTH235
LB118, LB119, LB220
MTH152H, MTH153H, MTH254H, MTH340

Requirement 14: Major - Physics - Upper Level Mathematic Electives
Major - Physics - Upper Level Mathematic Electives: 6 credits from Mathematics courses at the level of 300 or above

Requirement 15: Major - Physics - Physics I and II
Major - Physics - Physics I and II: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB273, LB274
4 courses from PHY183, PHY184, PHY191, PHY192
4 courses from PHY191, PHY192, PHY193H, PHY294H

Requirement 16: Major - Physics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics
Major - Physics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics: 1 course from PHY215

Requirement 17: Major - Physics - Classical Mechanics
Major - Physics - Classical Mechanics: 1 course from PHY321

Requirement 18: Major - Physics - Thermal and Statistical
Major - Physics - Thermal and Statistical: 1 course from PHY410

Requirement 19: Major - Physics - Advanced Laboratory
Major - Physics - Advanced Laboratory: 1 course from PHY451

Requirement 20: Major - Physics - Quantum Physics
Major - Physics - Quantum Physics: 1 course from PHY471

Requirement 21: Major - Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
Major - Physics - Electricity and Magnetism: 1 course from PHY481

Requirement 22: Major - Physics - Optics or Electronics
Major - Physics - Optics or Electronics: 1 course from PHY431, PHY440

Requirement 23: Major - Physics - Capstone Cluster
Major - Physics - Capstone Cluster: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Thesis Cluster: Thesis Cluster -PHY490
Lecture Cluster: Lecture Cluster -PHY491, PHY492, PHY493

Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.