Bachelor of Science with Major in Physics
Required 120 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 30 of which must be from UND) including:
I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES guidelines and course listings).
II. The Following Curriculum:
Each track leads to a Bachelor of Science with Major in Physics, awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences. A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. In addition to other University Graduation Requirements and the courses specified for one of the five options listed below, all Physics majors must complete successfully the following set of core courses:
|PHYS 251||University Physics I||4|
|PHYS 252||University Physics II||4|
|PHYS 253||University Physics III||4|
& PHYS 318
and Mechanics II
|PHYS 324||Thermal Physics||3|
|PHYS 325L||Optics Laboratory||1|
& PHYS 328
|Electricity and Magnetism I|
and Electricity and Magnetism II
|PHYS 415||Undergrad Research Experience||3|
|PHYS 428||Advanced Physics Laboratory||2|
& PHYS 432
|Quantum Mechanics I|
and Quantum Mechanics II
& CHEM 122
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
& CHEM 122L
|General Chemistry I Laboratory|
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
& MATH 166
& MATH 265
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
|MATH 266||Elementary Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 352||Introduction to Partial Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 207||Introduction to Linear Algebra||2|
To provide proper advisement, the Department of Physics and Astrophysics requires its majors to meet with their physics adviser prior to registration each semester. This ensures each student is enrolled in appropriate classes and helps the department schedule certain courses in a timely manner. A hold is placed on registration for physics majors until this advisement session takes place. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the advisement session.
Beyond completion of the core listed above and the general education requirements, all physics majors must complete one of the following options together with additional electives for a total of 120 credits.
I. General Physics option: This is a general physics degree offering maximum flexibility. It is appropriate for students who may seek advanced degrees, for instance, or who are interested in medical school. Beyond the core, the student must complete an additional 9 credits of Physics numbered above 300. No more than 3 credits of these 9 may be in PHYS 492 Special Problems.
II. Applied Physics track: This choice will provide interdisciplinary training in applied physics and applied electronics with emphasis on instrumentation and measurement technique. The aim is to prepare the student to work as part of a research team in an industrial, government or academic setting. In addition to the core, the student must complete:
|EE 206||Circuit Analysis||3|
|EE 206L||Circuits Laboratory I||1|
|EE 313||Linear Electric Circuits||3|
|EE 313L||Circuits Laboratory II||1|
|EE 321||Electronics I||3|
|EE 321L||Electronics Laboratory I||1|
|PHYS 402||Computers in Physics||3|
In addition, students electing the applied physics track should select an instrumentation project as a means of satisfying the research core requirement, PHYS 415 Undergrad Research Experience.
III. Astrophysics track: This option is for students with special interest in astronomy, astrophysics, space exploration or aerospace applications. The following are required.
|PHYS 110||Introductory Astronomy||3|
|PHYS 110L||Introductory Astronomy Lab||1|
|PHYS 434||Nuclear Physics||3|
|PHYS 460||Introduction to Astrophysics||3|
|PHYS 461||Introduction to Astrophysics II||3|
To satisfy the research requirement, PHYS 415 Undergrad Research Experience, students in the astrophysics track should select an approved astrophysics project.
IV. Computers in Physics track: This choice provides extensive experience using computers for running experiments, analyzing data, doing computer simulations and calculations in physics. The student should be prepared to learn programming languages. The following are required.
|CSCI 160||Computer Science I||4|
|CSCI 161||Computer Science II||4|
|PHYS 402||Computers in Physics||3|
For the Computers in Physics track, students should seek out computational research projects for PHYS 415 Undergrad Research Experience, or laboratory projects involving computer instrumentation
V. Materials Science track: This option provides the strongest foundation in solid state and materials science. Required are:
|PHYS 320||Introduction to Materials Science||3|
|PHYS 420||Advanced Topics in Materials Science||3|
|PHYS 437||Introductory Solid State Physics||3|
Students in this track should select approved research projects in materials science as a means of satisfying the PHYS 415 Undergrad Research Experience requirement.