Physics (BS) (17PHYSBS)

Critical Path Courses: Identify using the code (CP) which courses are considered critical path courses which represent specific major requirements that are predictive of student success in a given program/plan. Place the (CP) next to the credit hours for the course.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 201 University Physics I1 4 (CP) PY 202 University Physics II1 4 (CP)
MA 141 Calculus I2 4 (CP) MA 241 Calculus II2 4 (CP)
ENG 101 Academic Writing and ResearchH 4 CH 101 Chemistry – A Molecular Science1 3
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies CourseE 1 CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory1 1
COS 100 Science of Change 2 GEP Humanities ElectiveC 3
15 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 203 University Physics III1 4 (CP) PY 411 Mechanics I1 3 (CP)
PY 251 Introduction to Scientific Computing2 3 PY 413 Thermal Physics1 3
PY 252 Instrumental and Data Analysis1 2 MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I2 3
MA 242 Calculus III2 4 (CP) Basic Sciences Elective3,4 3
GEP Social Sciences ElectiveD 3 GEP Humanities ElectiveC 3
16 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 412 Mechanics II1 3 PY 401 Quantum Physics I1 3
PY 414 Electromagnetism I1 3 PY 415 Electromagnetism II1 3
MA 401 Applied Differential Equations II2 3 MA 405 Linear Algebra2   3
Statistics2,5  3 Computing/Numerical Methods2,7 3
Advanced Writing6 3 Technical Elective3,8 1
HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies CourseE 1
15 14

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PY 402 Quantum Physics II1 3 PY 452 Advanced Physics Lab1 3
GEP Interdisc. PerspectivesG 3 GEP Social Sciences ElectiveD 3
Technical Elective3,8 3 GEP Additional Breadth HSS-VPAF 3
Technical Elective3,8 3 Technical Elective3,8 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
15 15

 

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation*: 120
Major/Program Footnotes
1. At most one grade below C-is permitted in the Physics category.
2. At most one grade below C-is permitted in the Math/Statistics/Computing category.
3. At most one grade below C-is permitted in the Chemistry/Basic Sciences Technical Electives category.
4. Basic Sciences: select from 810165, BIO 181, BIO 183, BME 203, CH 201, CH 202, CH 203, CH 204, CH 220, CH 222. CHE 205, GN 301,MAE 214, MEA 101,MEA 110,MEA 200, MEA 210, MEA 215, MEA 220, MSE 200, MSE 201, MSE 203,NE 202, PCC 203,
TE 200
5. Statistics course must be at the 300 level or above.
6. Advanced Writing: select from ENG 331, ENG 332, ENG 333.
7. Computing/Numerical Methods: select from CSC 302, CSC 427, CSC 428, MA 402, MA 427, MA 428, PY 525.
8. Technical Electives are courses at the 300 level or above in science. mathematics, technology, engineering, and in math and science education.* General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/uap/academic-standards/gep/courselists/index.html

A. Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours; one course with MA or ST prefix)
Choose from the University approved GEP Mathematical Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: MA 141, MA 241
B. Natural Sciences (7 credit hours; include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
Choose from the University approved GEP Natural Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: PY 201, CH 101
C. Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: None
D. Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: None
E. Health & Exercise Studies (2 credit hours; at least one 100-level Fitness and Wellness Course)
Choose from the University approved GEP Health & Exercise Studies course list.
F. Additional Breadth (3 credit hours to be selected from the following checked University approved GEP course lists)
X Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts
G. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5-6 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: COS 100 
H. Introduction to Writing (4 credit hours satisfied by completing ENG 101 with a C- or better)

The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements
I. U.S. Diversity (USD)
Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite. The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement: None
J. Global Knowledge (GK)
Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite . The following course(s) completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill this requirement: None
K. Foreign Language proficiency Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

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