Physics B.S. Geophysics 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. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3    
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1)1, 24    
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)14    
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab)
4    
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3  
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)1  4  
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)1  4  
GEOS 1113 Physical Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L Physical Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
  4  
Year Total: 15 15  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 2094 University Physics III14    
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations1,34    
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
4    
GEOS 2313 Mineralogy3    
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics1,3  3  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603)1,3  4  
GEOS 3413 Sedimentary Geology  3  
State Minimum Core Social Sciences Requirement (Select a course which satisfies both General Education Outcomes 3.3 and 4.1)4  3  
General Elective  1  
Year Total: 15 14  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 3113 Analytical Mechanics33    
GEOS 4223 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation3    
GEOS 3383 3    
State Minimum Core History or Government Requirement (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.2)3    
State Minnimum Core Social Sciences Requirement (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)53    
GEOS 3514 Structural Geology  4  
State Minimum Core Social Sciences Requirement (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)5  3  
General Electives  6  
GEOS 4686 Geology Field Camp3    6
Year Total: 15 13 6
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3    
GEOS 4433 Geophysics3    
State Minimum Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed) (Select a course which satisfies both General Education Outcomes 3.2 and 5.1 or satisfies 3.1)6,73    
General Electives3    
PHYS 3453 Electromagnetic Theory I3  3  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 1.2 and 6.1)3  1  
GEOS 4924 Earth System History (ACTS Equivalency = PHSC 1104)  4  
State Minimum Core Fine Arts or Humanities Requirement (as needed) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or select a course which satisfies both 3.2 and 5.1)7,6  3  
General Electives  4  
Year Total: 12 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120