Baylor University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

B.S. in Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Physics provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for graduate studies or careers in technology, medicine, education, law, finance, industry, and other professions.

Students planning to attend graduate school in physics (or another program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) are advised to pursue this degree.

Please refer to the BS Physics Planner for a suggested sequence of courses.
Note that many courses are offered only in the fall or only in the spring.

Physics requirements:

  • Each of:
    PHY 1420 General Physics I
    PHY 1430 General Physics II
    PHY 2135 Basic Electronics Laboratory
    PHY 2190 Introduction to Research in Physics
    PHY 2350 Modern Physics
    PHY 2360 Mathematical and Computational Physics
    PHY 3175 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I
    PHY 3176 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II
    PHY 3320 Intermediate Classical Mechanics
    PHY 3330 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
    PHY 3372 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
    PHY 3373 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
    PHY 4190 Dissemination of Research Results in Physics
    PHY 4322 Advanced Topics in Classical Physics
    PHY 4340 Statistical and Thermal Physics
    PHY 4001 Exit Exam
  • Two of:
    PHY 4372 Introductory Solid State Physics
    PHY 4373 Introductory Nuclear and Particle Physics
    PHY 4374 Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Other requirements:

(Each course must apply to a major in its department.)

  • Chemistry (three semester hours)
  • Computer science (three semester hours)
  • MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3325, and 3326
  • Nine hours from the following: biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, or statistics