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Physics (BS) - General Physics

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General Education Requirements (53-57 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours, Arts and Sciences Majors take 5 Courses, 15 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 6 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L.   Note: BLY 121 and BLY 122 are restricted to Arts and Sciences science majors, Allied Health science majors, Engineering majors, and Computer Science majors. Students cannot receive credit for both BLY 101 and BLY 121 or for both BLY 122 and BLY 102.

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (0-23 Hours)

  1.  Foreign Language. 6 hours from any one group:

    LG 101 & LG 102, LGS 106 & LGS 107, LGS 110 & LGS 111, LG 111 & LG 112 or proficiency test or LG 113, LG 121 & LG 122, LG 131 & LG 132 or proficiency test or LG 134, LGS 131 & LGS 132, LG 141 & LG 142, LGS 141 & LGS 142, LG 151 & LG 152 or proficiency test or LG 153, LGS 161 & LGS 162, LG 171 & LG 172 or LG 173, LGS 171 & LGS 172, LGS 181 & LGS 182 

    Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency test offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the level equivalent to the second semester of the foreign language sequence, or by passing another test (e.g., AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at the equivalent level). Students who pass a proficiency test at the level equivalent to first semester of the foreign language sequence are required to complete only the second semester and will fulfill the foreign language requirement with 3 credit hours of course work.

  2.  Natural Sciences/Math. 3-4 hour lab science or math/stat course from:

    AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L,  ST 210, MA 113- 299 (except 201 and 202). 

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136

Major Requirements (43 Hours)

Physics (BS) - General physics Core (14 Courses, 43 Hours)

  1. 34 hours: PH 107, PH 201, PH 202, PH 303, PH 348, PH 354, PH 366, PH 385 (W), PH 411, PH 448, PH 463

  2. 9 hours Physics Electives from: PH 301, PH 311, PH 346, PH 349, PH 367, PH 390, PH 449, PH 494, PH 499

  3. 3 additional technical courses are required:  CH 131, CH 132, CIS 210, or CIS 227

  4. 4 mathematics courses are prerequisites to upper division Physics courses:  MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 238

Minor Requirements (18-24 Hours)

A minor is required for this degree program


Notes:

With the exception of PH 303 and PH 448, which are offered every year, all upper division Physics courses are offered every other year.

All Physics majors will be required to take an assessment exit exam, at no cost to the student, and an exit interview before graduation as directed by the department.

General Comments

 


Additional Information

 

  

Physics (BS):  General Physics (120 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CAS 100 First Year Experience 2
PH 107  Contemporary Topics in Physics 1
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry I with Lab 4
MA 125  Calculus I 4
EJ 101 English Composition I 3
     
      Total Hours 14 

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 102 English Composition II 3
PH 201/PH 201L  Calculus-based Physics I 4
CH 132/CH 132L General Chemistry II with Lab 4
MA 126  Calculus II 4
     
     
      Total Hours  15

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
History **Area IV, A 3
MA 227 Calculus III 4
PH 202/PH 202L Calculus-based Physics II 4
CIS 210 or CIS 227 Introduction to C++ Programming or Numerical Computation I 3
     
      Total Hours 14 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
English Literature **Area II, B 3
Fine Arts **Area III, C or D 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
PH 303/PH 303L Modern Physics with Lab 4
MA 238  Differential Equations I 3
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Social/Behavioral **Area IV 3
Humanities/Fine Arts  **Area II 3
PH 354 Electronics 3
PH 366 Physical Mechanics I 3
PH 385 (W)  Experimental Physics with Lab 3
     
     
      Total Hours 15 

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Humanities/fine Arts **Area II 3
Social/Behavioral **Area IV 3
PH 411 Computational Methods in Physics 3
Physics Electives PH 301, PH 311, PH 346, PH 349, PH 494 or PH 499 3
Physics Electives PH 301, PH 311, PH 346, PH 349, PH 494 or PH 499 3
     
      Total Hours  15

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Foreign Language **Area V, A 3
Elective   3
PH 348 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PH 448  Elementary Quatum Mechanics I 3
Physics Electives PH 301, PH 311, PH 346, PH 349, PH 494 or PH 499 3
     
      Total Hours  15

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
Foreign Language **Area V, A 3
Humanities/Fine Arts **Area II 3
HY/Social/Behavioral **Area IV 3
Elective   3
Elective    3
PH 463 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3
      Total Hours 16 
Notes
*Recommended Course
**See Degree Requirements

Department of Physics website
https://www.southalabama.edu/physics/

The curriculum in the Department of Physics serves three groups of students: those preparing for careers in physics, those pursuing professional fields such as medicine and engineering, and those electing physics and astronomy as part of the natural science requirement for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degrees. The degree program in physics allows for flexibility to the extent that the serious student can select related courses in biology, chemistry, geology, computer science, and engineering to prepare for a career in such interdisciplinary areas as biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and environmental science. Three options for a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics are offered. One option (the Premedical Option) is for those students pursuing medicine as a career. Links to sample programs and requirements for each option are given in the degree General Comments sections of each Area of Study.  Students pursuing a degree in Physics also must have a minor in another discipline. In addition, the Department of Physics offers a double major with the Meteorology program within the Department of Earth Sciences.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience, as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

The Physics Pre-Medical Option requires a minimum of 129 hours, while the other Physics options require a minimum of 120 hours.