Students must declare their intention to major in physics by the time they have completed 60 semester hours and complete between 47 and 51 semester hours (depending on the track chosen) in physics and related topics. Additionally, all tracks require 16 semester hours in math ancillary courses. No grade below a C (2.0) can be used to meet the requirements for the major. At least 12 semester hours of the requirements for the major must be completed at the Downtown Campus.
A senior thesis, usually from participation in research, is required for all students wishing to graduate with departmental honors. All other students are encouraged to do research leading to a project report or senior thesis.
Note: The department will accept the following combination of independent study and introductory lab courses in lieu of PHYS 2371. However, PHYS 2371 is strongly recommended because it provides explicit preparation for upper division lab courses.
Note: courses above marked * are generally required for medical school admissions. In addition, the following are generally required for medical school admissions but NOT for the biophysics and medical physics track: