B.S. in Physics

image by Luc ViatourThe Bachelor of Science program in physics is designed to help students attain their professional goals in physics. Four options within the Bachelor of Science program enable students to achieve their particular educational objectives. The options are:

1. Traditional Physics Option

This option is designed for students intending graduate studies in physics or planning to obtain an industrial position with a traditional physics degree.

2. Solid State Physics Option

This option is designed for students presently employed by or intending employment in the semiconductor industry. It will provide theoretical foundations and practical experience in solid state physics.

3. Energy Science Option

This option will prepare graduates for energy-related careers in industry and government and will provide the student with a strong background in the technical, economic, and instrumentation aspects of all energy resources. Please check with the Department about the availability of classes to complete this option.

4. Secondary Education Option

This option allows students to get a B.S. in Physics and secondary science teacher certification in collaboration with the UCCSTeach program.


Courses in each option are chosen to teach the fundamental concepts on which the field is based. Laboratories are designed to give students practical hands-on experience. Advanced laboratories provide opportunities to study and use state-of-the-art technology in the student's area of interest. The Solid State Laboratory required in the Solid State option is designed to teach the fundamentals of materials technology. Students in each of the options are required to take the core course requirements as well as the option requirements listed below.

General Requirements

  • 33 credit hours in Physics Core requirements
  • 37 credit hours in Other Core areas
  • 18 credit hours in Physics Option area
  • a maximum of 54 credits in PES will apply toward the degree
  • a grade of C or better in every physics course that is applied toward the major
  • students must meet the 12 hour LAS general education area requirements from both humanities and social science

 

Required Courses for All Three Options

Physics and Energy Science (PES)
Course Credits
PES 1110 General Physics I - Calculus Based 4
PES 1120 General Physics II 4
PES 2130 General Physics III 3
PES 1160 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 1
PES 2160 Advanced Physics Laboratory II 1
PES 3130 Modern Physics 3
PES 3170 Instrumentation Laboratory I 2
PES 3180 Instrumentation Laboratory II 2
PES 3210 Classical Mechanics I 3
PES 3310 Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 3
PES 3410 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3
PES 4170 Optics Laboratory 2
PES 4810 Senior Physics Seminar 2


Other required core areas: 


Please note: Only one Computer Science (CS) listed below is required for
the degree program. (Please see the Course Catalog with any questions)

Course Credits
MATH 1360 Calculus II 4
MATH 2350 Calculus III 4
MATH 3400 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 1030 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 1060 General Chemistry II 5
CS 1070 Introduction to Programming in Visual Basic for Non-Majors 3
CS 1150 Principles of Computer Science 3
CS 2060 Programming with C 3
CS 2080 OR
CS 2160
Programming with UNIX OR
Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming

3
ENGL 1310 Rhetoric and Writing I: Academic Reading and Analytical Writing 3
ENGL 1410 Rhetoric and Writing II: Argument and Research 3
ENGL 2090 Technical Writing and Presentation 3

 

Required Courses Within the Chosen Option

In addition to the above core requirements, students will complete required courses for one of three options: Traditional Physics, Solid State Physics, or Energy Science.

1. Traditional Physics Option

This program is designed for students intending graduate studies in physics or planning to obtain an industrial position with a traditional physics degree. This option requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of courses in addition to the core.

Required Courses
Course Credits
PES 3250 Mathematical Methods of Physics and Engineering 3
PES 3320 Principles of Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PES 4250 Quantum Mechanics 3
PES 4510 Optics 3

Note: Also, the traditional physics option requires a minimum of 3 upper-division hours of mathematics in addition to MATH 3400.

Elective Courses

A minimum of 3 credit hours from the following PES courses must be taken:

Course Credits
PES 3060 Astrophysics 3
PES 3650 Nuclear Physics and Energy Technology 3
PES 3950 Special Topics * 1-3
PES 3970 Special Topics * 1-3
PES 4150 Solid State Laboratory 2
PES 4260 Quantum Mechanics II 3
PES 4300 Celestial Mechanics I 3
PES 4460 Solid State Physics 3
PES 4490 Physics of Thin Films 3(4)
PES 4600 Special and General Relativity 3
PES 4720 Stellar Structure and Evolution 3
PES 4850 Senior Project * 3

* Variable credit courses with a maximum of 6 hours allowed to count toward degree.

Note: Other elective courses may be substituted with the written approval of the department chair.

2. Solid State Physics Option

This option is designed for students presently employed by or intending employment in the semiconductor industry. It will provide theoretical foundations and practical experience in solid state physics.

This option requires a minimum of 20 credit hours of courses in addition to the core.

Required Courses
Course Credits
PES 3250 Mathematical Methods of Physics and Engineering 3
PES 3320 Principles of Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PES 4150 Solid State Laboratory 2
PES 4250 Quantum Mechanics 3
PES 4460 Solid State Physics 3
Elective Courses

This option also requires the completion of a minimum of 6 hours from the following technical electives:

Course Credits
PES 4260 Quantum Mechanics II 3
PES 4480 Surface and Interface Physics 3
PES 4490 Physics of Thin Films 3(4)
CHEM 3010 Materials Science 3
CHEM 4510 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 4520 Physical Chemistry II 3
ECE 2210 Circuit Analysis I 3
ECE 3020 Semiconductor Devices I 3
ECE 4020 Semiconductor Devices II 3
MATH 3810 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
MATH 4450 Complex Variables 3
MATH 4470 Methods of Applied Mathematics 3
CS 3160 Concepts of Programming Languages 3
CS 4600 Numerical Computing 3
CS 4720 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3

Note: Other elective courses may be substituted with the written approval of the department chair.

3. Energy Science Option

This option will prepare graduates for energy-related careers in industry and government and will provide the student with a strong background in the technical, economic, and instrumentation aspects of all energy resources. This option requires a minimum of 19 hours of courses in addition to the core.

Required Courses
Course Credits
PES 2500 Sustainable Energy Fundamentals 3
ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
GEOL 1010 Physical Geology 4
Elective Courses

Students in this option are required to complete 9 hours from the following technical electives:

Course Credits
PES 3320 Principles of Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PES 3650 Nuclear Physics and Energy Technology 3
PES 3670 Wind Energy 3
ENSC 3610 Solar Energy Design 3
ENSC 4600 Advanced Solar Energy 3
GEOL 3700 Environmental Geology 4
GES 3200 Practical Meteorology 4
GES 4060 Introduction to Remote Sensing 4
GES 4090 Image Processing 4
GES 4100 Global Positioning System with GIS 3

Note: Other elective courses may be substituted with the written approval of the department chair.

 

Information on this page is subject to change and is not official. Consult the UCCS Academic Catalog for official information.