Physics B.S. with Optics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core US History requirement3  
General Elective1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement   3
General Electives  2
Year Total: 15 16
Second YearUnits
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
General Elective1  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,2  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Year Total: 16 14
Third YearUnits
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,24  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective4  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed)1,2  3
General Elective  3
Year Total: 14 16
Fourth YearUnits
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
PHYS 3544 Optics (Fa)1,24  
General Electives9  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
PHYS 4734 Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp)1,2
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp)
General Electives  8
Year Total: 16 13
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.


Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group A

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.