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Physics (B.S.) Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Credit Hours: 58+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission; PHYS 111L

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: MATH 120 or equivalent; PHYS 111, PHYS 111L or HONS 157; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 112L

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

PHYS 230

Introduction to Modern Physics I (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158; CO or PR: MATH 211 or instructor permission

PHYS 301

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158, and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 370

Experimental Physics (4) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 403

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 230; CO or PR: MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 409

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 419

Research Seminar (1) PR or CO: PHYS 370 or ASTR 377 or instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 420*

Senior Research (3) PR: PHYS 419 and instructor and department chair permission

OR

 

PHYS 499*

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: PHYS 419 or department chair permission; credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

Notes: *Credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499.

Select 15 credit hours from the following electives with department approval. Please note a maximum of 6 credit hours are allowed from PHYS 381, 390 and 399.

ASTR 206

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: PHYS 111, 111L or PHYS 101, 101L and MATH 120 or equivalent and instructor permission

ASTR 311

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 230

ASTR 312

Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 311 and MATH 221

ASTR 377

Experimental Astronomy (4) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

ASTR 410

Black Holes: Advanced Topics (1) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or instructor permission; PR or CO: ASTR 210

ASTR 413

Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 301 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

ASTR 460L

NASA Space Mission Design Leadership Lab (1) PR: Instructor permission; PR or CO: ASTR 260

PHYS 296

Biophysical Modeling of Excitable Cells (3) PR: (BIOL 112 or HONS 152 and PHYS 112 or HONS 158) or (BIOL 211 and BIOL 305 and PHYS 102) or instructor permission

PHYS 301

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 and MATH 323

PHYS 302

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 301

PHYS 308

Atmospheric Physics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 320

Intro to Electronics (4) PR: PHYS 102 and MATH 120 or PHYS 112 or HONS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 331

Intro to Modern Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 340

Photonics (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 350

Energy Production (4) PR: CHEM 111, CHEM 111L; (PHYS112, 112L or HONS 158) or (PHYS 102, 102L and MATH 120)

PHYS 370

Experimental Physics (4) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 381

Internship (1-4) PR: Declared PHYS major, PHYS 370, and coordinator permission

PHYS 390

Research (1-3; repeatable up to 6) PR: Department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 394

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications (3) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394L

PHYS 394L

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications Laboratory (1) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394

PHYS 397

Research Experience Physics and Astronomy (0) PR: Only declared majors can take a Zero Credit Research course. Instructor and department chair permission required.

PHYS 399

Tutorial (3, repeatable up to 12) PR: Junior standing and department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 403

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 230, MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 408

Introduction to Solid State Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 409

 

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 410

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 409

PHYS 412

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

PHYS 456

Air Pollution Meteorology (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or (PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or HONS 158; CHEM 112, CHEM 112L or instructor permission

PHYS 457

Satellite Meteorology (3) PR: PHYS 308 or PHYS 456 or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 112, PHYS 112L) or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or (PHYS 105 and HONS 158)

PHYS 458

Climate Change (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 460L

NASA Space Mission Design Leadership Lab (1) PR: Instructor permission; CO: PHYS 260

Mathematics Requirement:

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

MATH 221

Calculus III (4) PR: MATH 220 or equivalent

MATH 323

Differential Equations (3) PR: MATH 221 and MATH 203 or equivalent or permission of instructor

Optional: Students may also select a concentration in Computational Neuroscience, Energy Production, or Meteorology.

Computational Neuroscience Concentration (18+ credit hours)

Required courses:

CSCI 220

Computer Programming I (3) PR: CSCI 120 or CSCI 180 or CSCI 210 or MATH 111 CO: CSCI 220L

CSCI 220L

Computer Programming I Lab (1) CO: CSCI 220

BIOL 396

Biophysical Modeling of Excitable Cells (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and PHYS 111 and 111L and PHYS 112 and 112 L or HONS 158 and 158L or BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 and PHYS 101 and 101L and PHYS 102 and 102L; PR or CO: MATH 250

OR

 

PHYS 296

Biophysics Model and Excitable Cells (3) PR: (BIOL 112 or HONS 152 and PHYS 112 or HONS 158) or (BIOL 211 and BIOL 305 and PHYS 102) or instructor permission

PHYS 394

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications (3) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394L

PHYS 394L

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications Laboratory (1) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394

Complete a minimum of 7 credit hours from the following electives (each elective must be from a different group):

Group I

BIOL 305

Genetics (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; PR or CO: BIOL 211 and 211D and MATH 250 or instructor permission

BIOL 312

Molecular Biology (3) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 313

Cell Biology (3) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; and BIOL 211 and 211D or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250; BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L

BIOL 321

General and Comparative Physiology (4) PR: One year of Chemistry and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305 or CHEM 232 and 232L; PR or CO: MATH 250 or equivalent course in statistics or instructor permission

BIOL 343

Animal Behavior (4) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L and BIOL 211 and 211D and BIOL 305; PR or CO: MATH 250

BIOL 351

Principles of Neurobiology (3) PR: PSYC 103 and BIOL 111 and 111L or HONS 151 and 151L and BIOL 112 and 112L or HONS 152 and 152L; BIOL 211 and 211D or PSYC 214; PR or CO: MATH 250

OR

 

PSYC 351

Principles of Neurobiology (3) PR: PSYC 103, BIOL 111, 112, and BIOL 211 or PSYC 214, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 351.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 351, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 351.

BIOL 352

Neurobiology and Behavior (3) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351 or PSYC 214; PR or CO: MATH 250

OR

 

PSYC 352

Neurobiology and Behavior (3) PR: BIOL/PSYC 351 or PSYC 214, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 352.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 352, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 352.

BIOL 446

Special Topics in Neuroscience (3) PR: Junior or senior standing and instructor permission; PR or CO: MATH 250

OR

 

PSYC 446

Special Topics in Neuroscience (3) PR: Junior or senior standing and instructor permission

BIOL 447

Seminar in Neuroscience (3) PR: BIOL 351 or PSYC 351 and BIOL 352 or PSYC 352; CO: BIOL 448 or PSYC 448; PR or CO: MATH 250

OR

 

PSYC 447

Seminar in Neuroscience (3) PR: BIOL/PSYC 351/352; CO: BIOL/PSYC 448 or instructor permission. Students engaged in independent research or a bachelor’s essay will be given priority for enrollment.

PSYC 213

Conditioning and Learning (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 214

Behavioral Neuroscience (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 215

Cognitive Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 216

Sensation and Perception (formerly PSYC 313) (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 221

Abnormal Psychology (formerly PSYC 307) (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 318

Comparative Psychology (3) PR: PSYC 103

PSYC 353

Hormones and Behavior (Cross-listed with BIOL 353) (3) PR: PSYC 103 and 214 or 216, or instructor permission. Note:  This course is cross-listed with BIOL 353.  If a student has received credit for BIOL 353, the student may not receive credit for PSYC 353.

PSYC 386

Behavioral Pharmacology (3) PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 214 or BIOL/PSYC 351; PSYC 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or BIOL 211 and MATH 250; or instructor permission

PSYC 387

Neuropsychology (3) PR: PSYC 103; PSYC 214 or BIOL/PSYC 351; PSYC 211 and 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) or BIOL 211 and MATH 250; or instructor permission

PSYC 464

Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 214, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 466

Advanced Sensation and Perception with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 216, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

PSYC 468

Advanced Cognitive Psychology with Lab (3) PR: PSYC 103, 215, 211, 220 (or 250 in lieu of 211 and 220) and junior or senior status

Group II

MATH 207

Discrete Structures I (3) PR: MATH 105, MATH 111, or MATH 120

MATH 245

Numerical Methods and Mathematical Computing (3) PR: MATH 203 or MATH 220 or instructor permission; CO: MATH 246

MATH 246

Mathematical Computing and Programming Lab (1) PR: MATH 220 or instructor permission

MATH 307

Discrete Structures II (3) PR: MATH 207 or MATH 295 or instructor permission

MATH 440

Statistical Learning I (3) PR: MATH 203 and MATH 220 and MATH 350

MATH 441

Statistical Learning II (3) PR: MATH 440

MATH 445

Numerical Analysis (3) PR: MATH 203 and MATH 245 and MATH 323

MATH 451

Linear Programming and Optimization (3) PR: MATH 203 and MATH 221 and CSCI 220 or MATH 245 or instructor permission

MATH 452

Operations Research (3) PR: MATH 203 and MATH 430 and CSCI 220 or MATH 245

MATH 470

Mathematical Modeling (3) PR: MATH 203 and MATH 323 and MATH 246 or CSCI 220 or instructor permission

CSCI 221

Computer Programming II (3) PR: CSCI 220, CSCI 220L; CO or PR: MATH 207

CSCI 230

Data Structure and Algorithms (3) PR: CSCI 221, MATH 207

CSCI 334

Data Mining (3) PR: CSCI 221, MATH 207, MATH 250

CSCI 360

Software Architecture and Design (3) PR: CSCI 230, MATH 207: CO: COMM 104

CSCI 362

Software Engineering (3) PR: CSCI 221, MATH 207; CO: COMM 104

CSCI 380

User Interface Development (3) PR: CSCI 221, MATH 207, or instructor permission

CSCI 470

Principles of Artificial Intelligence (3) PR: CSCI 230, MATH 307

CSCI 480

Principles of Computer Graphics (3) PR: CSCI 230, MATH 220, MATH 307

Group III

PHYS 203

Physics and Medicine (3) PR: PHYS 102, PHYS 102L or PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 270

Nanotechnology and Medicine (3) CO or PR: PHYS 102 or PHYS 112 or HONS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 298

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 320

Intro to Electronics (4) PR: PHYS 102 and MATH 120 or PHYS 112 or PHYS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 340

Photonics (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 381*

Internship (1-4) PR: Coordinator and department chair permission

OR

 

PHYS 390*

Research (1-3; repeatable up to 6) PR: Department chair and instructor permission

HONS 390*

Special Topics (3 - 6) PR: None

PHYS 399

Tutorial (3; repeatable up to 12) PR: Junior standing and department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 408

Introduction to Solid State Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 412*

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

PHYS 420*

Senior Research (3) PR: PHYS 419 and instructor and department chair permission

OR

 

PHYS 499*

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: PHYS 419 or department chair permission; credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

Note:*Must be computational neuroscience related and conducted under the mentorship of a neuroscience faculty member from CofC or co-mentorship with MUSC faculty. Prior written approval must be obtained from the coordinator of the Computational Neuroscience concentration. Credit will not be awarded for both Senior Research (PHYS 420) and Bachelor's Essay (PHYS 499/BIOL 448/PSYC 448)

Energy Production Concentration (Credit Hours: 18+)

Required Courses

CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR or CO: MATH 111 or equivalent; CO: CHEM 111L

CHEM 111L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 111

PHYS 350

Energy Production (4) PR: CHEM 111, CHEM 111L; (PHYS 112, 112L or HONS 158) or (PHYS 102, 102L; MATH 120)

PHYS 350L

Energy Production Lab (0) Energy Production (4) PR: CHEM 111, CHEM 111L; (PHYS112, 112L or HONS 158) or (PHYS 102, 102L and MATH 120); CO: PHYS 350

Complete 10 credit hours from the following PHYS electives groups including at least two courses totaling a minimum of 6 credit hours from Group I.

Group I

PHYS 320

Intro to Electronics (4) PR: PHYS 102, PHYS 102L or PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 340

Photonics (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 408

Introduction to Solid State Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

Group II

CHEM 341

Physical Chemistry I (3) PR: CHEM 221 and MATH 220; CO: CHEM 341L (MATH 221 is strongly recommended.)

CHEM 341L

Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1) CO: CHEM 341

CHEM 528

Nuclear and Radiochemistry (3) PR: CHEM 221 or CHEM 231

GEOL 320

Earth Resources (3) PR: GEOL 101, GEOL 101L or GEOL 103, GEOL 103L and GEOL 105, GEOL 105L or HONS 155 and 156 or instructor permission

PHYS 308

Atmospheric Physics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 381

Internship (1-4) PR: Declared PHYS major, PHYS 370, or coordinator permission

PHYS 390

Research (1-3; repeatable up to 6) PR: Department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 409

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 412

Special Topics (Energy Related) (1-3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

PHYS 456

Air Pollution Meteorology (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or (PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or HONS 158; CHEM 112, CHEM 112L or instructor permission

PHYS 457

Satellite Meteorology (3) PR: PHYS 308 or PHYS 456 or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 112, PHYS 112L) or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or (PHYS 105 and HONS 158)

PHYS 458

Climate Change (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

Meteorology Concentration (Credit Hours: 18+)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

PHYS 105*

Introduction to Meteorology (3) PR: A working knowledge of high school algebra is assumed.

PHYS 308

Atmospheric Physics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 456*

Air Pollution Meteorology (4) PR: PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120 or CHEM 112, CHEM 112L and PHYS 112, PHYS112L or HONS 158

PHYS 457

Satellite Meteorology (3) PR: PHYS 308 or PHYS 456 or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 112, PHYS 112L) or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or (PHYS 105 and HONS 158)

PHYS 458

Climate Change (4) PR: PHYS 112, 112L or HONS 158

Notes: *A student will not receive credit for both PHYS 105 and PHYS 456

Complete an additional 12 credit hours from the following. Courses do not count if already chosen for major core course requirements.

ASTR 206

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: PHYS 111, PHYS 111L or PHYS 101, PHYS 101L or HONS 157 or instructor permission

BIOL 204

Man and the Environment (3) PR: None

BIOL 342

Oceanography (4) PR: BIOL 211, 211D; CO or PR: BIOL 305

CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR: MATH 111 or equivalent; CO: CHEM 111L

CHEM 111L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 111

ENVT 200

Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) PR: Sophomore standing

GEOL 103

Environmental Geology (3) PR: None; CO: GEOL 103L

GEOL 103L

Environmental Geology Lab (1) CO: GEOL 103

GEOL 240*

Special Topics in Geology (1-4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 314

Introduction to Remote Sensing (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 438

Hydrogeology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 111 or 120 or instructor permission

GEOL 442

Geological Application of Remote Sensing (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 111 or 120 or instructor permission

HONS 390*

Special Topics (3-6) PR: None

PHYS 298*

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 301

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 and MATH 323

PHYS 308

Atmospheric Physics (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 or instructor permission

PHYS 340

Photonics (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 390*

Research (1-3; repeatable up to 6) PR: Department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 399

Tutorial (3; repeatable up to 12) PR: Junior standing and department chair and instructor permission

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 408

Introduction to Solid State Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 412*

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor permission and topic must be meteorology related

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

PHYS 420*

Senior Research (3) PR: PHYS 419 and instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 456

Air Pollution Meteorology (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or (PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or HONS 158; CHEM 112, CHEM 112L or instructor permission

PHYS 457

Satellite Meteorology (3) PR: PHYS 308 OR PHYS 456 or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 112, PHYS 112L) or (PHYS 105 and PHYS 102, PHYS 102L and MATH 120) or (PHYS 105 and HONS 158)

PHYS 458

Climate Change (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 499*

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: Department approval; credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

Note: * These courses must involve meteorology and be approved by the Program Director. *Credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

Notes:

  • With department approval, completion with grades of at least "B" in PHYS 101/101L and PHYS 102/102L, together with MATH 120 and MATH 220 may be substituted for PHYS 111/111L and PHYS 112/112L.
  • Suggested programs of study leading to graduate school in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology and engineering are available from the department.