B.S. with Areas of Emphasis in BioPhysics, Applied Physics and Medical Physics

  • Physics knowledge is very important and is a strong basis to build different paths of careers. Since there are many reasons to pursue a physics degree, a physics curriculum should have a complex role of educating not only traditional physics majors, but also the physics majors who want to follow other sciences as their careers. To accommodate varied interests in the physical sciences, in addition to a traditional standard BS in Physics, the Physics and Physical Sciences Depatrment offers a number of flexible tracks towards a BS degree in Physics with a number of different Areas of Emphasis. These areas of emphasis have a comprehensive curriculum combined with a strong physics program and a background from other disciplines. Students who follow these flexible tracks toward a BS in Physics with an area of emphasis will have a sound physics background as well as broad knowledge in additional areas of science.
  • TheBS degree in Physics with Areas of Emphasis (AoE) offers more flexibility than the basic BS in physics and encourages students to expand their degree to areas of interest that span additional disciplines.
  • The AoE requires basic science courses which will fulfill the college requirements of eight hours in a second/third science, so that these are not an extra requirement.
  • As opposed to the basic degree, the courses PHY 302 (Electricity & Magnetism II) and PHY 443 (Quantum Mechanics II) are not required, as well as 2 hours of advanced elective lab and 4 hours or differential calculus. Therefore, the BS in Physics with AoE requires completion of maximum 30 credit hours of Physics and 13 hours of Math.
  • Moreover, for AoE in BioPhysics the course PHY 330 (Mechanics) is not required, and for AoE in Medical Physics, the courses PHY 330 (Mechanics) and PHY 445 (Mathematical Methods of Physics) are not required
  • The upper level science courses required for the AoE can be used to satisfy the physics elective requirements. Completion of an AoE is posted on the student’s transcript.
  • Together with the math requirements, the basic and upper level science courses and the capstone project, you will have to fulfill a total of 71 to 74 credit hours, specific to your major.
  • In addition to these, you will obtain about 48 credit hours by fulfilling the general university and college requirements.
  • A 2.00 overall GPA and a 2.00 Major GPA is required to graduat
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