Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Physics offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in both physics and physical science and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in physics. A 3+2 dual degree program is also available which leads to a B.S. in Physics from FHSU and a B.S. in Engineering from KSU, KU, WSU, and other engineering colleges.

Students in all of these programs must satisfy the university general education requirements. Students seeking licensure to teach must select general education courses to satisfy the general studies program for teachers and must complete the required professional education courses. The B.A. in Physics requires 10 hours of foreign language. A minor in physics is also available, and students can earn up to 21 hours of university credit by taking pilot ground school and flight training courses.

Bachelor of Science: Physics 
University Degree Requirements Hours
Specified General Education Courses:  
Foundation Studies (MATH 110 College Algebra satisfied by MATH 234
15
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I in cognates)
   

Elective/Specified General Education Courses:

 

Liberal Arts

 
Interdisciplinary Studies Component (select two of three courses) 6

Distribution Areas:

 

Humanities (three electives)

9
Mathematics and Natural Sciences: 10
CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I / Lab 5
MATH 234 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
Social and Behavioral Sciences (three electives) 9
Upper-division Integrative Course (one elective) 3


Department/Major Requirements

 
   
Physics Core  
PHYS 100 Succeeding in Physics and Engineering 3
PHYS 211/211L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I / Lab 5
PHYS 212/212L Physics for Scientists and Engineers II / Lab 5
PHYS 313 Modern Physics 3
PHYS 332 Analog and Digital Electronics 3
PHYS 620 Mathematics for the Physical Sciences 3
PHYS 621 Mechanics 3
PHYS 632 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 651/654 Advanced Laboratory I / II 2
PHYS 652 Optics 3
PHYS 672 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 675 Senior Seminar 1
Elective 3
   
Cognates  
CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II / Lab 5
MATH 235/236 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II / III 8
MATH 354 Differential Equations 3
   
Free Electives 19
   
Totals  
University Degree Requirements 52
Department/Major Requirements 72
   
TOTAL 124
Bachelor of Arts: Physics 
University Degree Requirements Hours
Specified General Education Courses:  
Foundation Studies (MATH 110 College Algebra satisfied by MATH 234 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I in cognates) 15
   

Elective/Specified General Education Courses:

 

Liberal Arts

 
Interdisciplinary Studies Component (select two of three courses) 6

Distribution Areas:

 

Humanities (three electives)

9
Mathematics and Natural Sciences: 10
CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I / Lab 5
MATH 234 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
Social and Behavioral Sciences (three electives) 9
Upper-division Integrative Course (one elective) 3
Modern Languages  
Beginning courses I and II 10


Department/Major Requirements

 
   
Physics Core  
PHYS 211/211L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I / Lab 5
PHYS 212/212L Physics for Scientists and Engineers II / Lab 5
PHYS 313 Modern Physics 3
PHYS 332 Analog and Digital Electronics 3
PHYS 621 Mechanics 3
PHYS 632 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 651/654 Advanced Laboratory I / II 2
Physics electives 6
   
Cognates  
CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II / Lab 5
MATH 235/236 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II / III 8
MATH 354 Differential Equations 3
   
Free Electives 19
   
Totals  
University Degree Requirements 62
Department/Major Requirements 62
   
TOTAL 124
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