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 251University Physics I4
PHYS 252University Physics II4
PHYS 253University Physics III4
PHYS 317
PHYS 318
Mechanics I
and Mechanics II
PHYS 324Thermal Physics3
PHYS 325Optics3
PHYS 325LOptics Laboratory1
PHYS 327
PHYS 328
Electricity and Magnetism I
and Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 415Undergrad Research Experience3
PHYS 428Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 431
PHYS 432
Quantum Mechanics I
and Quantum Mechanics II
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
MATH 165
MATH 166
MATH 265
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
MATH 266Elementary Differential Equations3
MATH 352Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 207Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Total Credits70

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 206Circuit Analysis3
EE 206LCircuits Laboratory I1
EE 313Linear Electric Circuits3
EE 313LCircuits Laboratory II1
EE 321Electronics I3
EE 321LElectronics Laboratory I1
PHYS 402Computers in Physics3
Total Credits15

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 110Introductory Astronomy3
PHYS 110LIntroductory Astronomy Lab1
PHYS 434Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 460Introduction to Astrophysics3
PHYS 461Introduction to Astrophysics II3
Total Credits13

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 160Computer Science I4
CSCI 161Computer Science II4
PHYS 402Computers in Physics3
Total Credits11

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 320Introduction to Materials Science3
PHYS 420Advanced Topics in Materials Science3
PHYS 437Introductory Solid State Physics3
Total Credits9

Students in this track should select approved research projects in materials science as a means of satisfying the PHYS 415 Undergrad Research Experience requirement.