2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 28, 2021  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, BS

About the Program

Apply Now Physics describes everything around us. This program helps students identify and apply the basic principles that govern our world.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for all College of Engineering and Sciences courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (32 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (34 Credits)

CES Electives (9 Credits): ASTR (any course), BIOL (any course excluding BIOL 10008 , BIOL 10700 ), CHM (any course excluding CHM 10000 CHM 10300  , CHM 10600 , CHM 11100 , CHM 11200 , CHM 19400 ), CE (any course), CS (any course excluding CS 10000 ), EAS (any course), ECE (any course), ENGR (any course excluding ENGR 18600 ), FIS (any course 20000 or higher), MSE (any course), MA (any course 30000 or higher), ME (any course), PHYS (any course 30000 or higher), SCI (any course excluding SCI 10300 , SCI 10400 , SCI 10500 , SCI 11200 , SCI 11300 , SCI 11400 , SCI 20200  and SCI 31500 ), and STAT (any course 30000 or higher)

Physics Electives (15 Credits): Choose from Physics or Astronomy courses 30000 level or above

Free Electives (10 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for all College of Engineering and Sciences courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (14 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (14 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Upper division physics courses are offered on a two year rotation. Contact an advisor to determine the specific semester a particular course will be offered.  Certain courses may only be available at one campus location.

Any individual course within CES must be a C- or better, but the average GPA for all disciplinary courses (ASTR, CHM or PHYS courses) must be at least 2.50.

At least 6 credit hours of PHYS, CES, or Free Electives must be 30000 level or higher.

Note 1: CES Elective: ASTR (any course); BIOL (any course excluding 10008, 10700); CHM (any course excluding 10000, 10300, 10600, 11100, 11200, 19400); CE (any course); CS (any course excluding 10000); EAS (any course): ECE (any course): ENGR (any course excluding 18600); MSE (any course); MA (any course 30000 or higher); ME (any course); PHYS (any course 30000 or higher); SCI (any course excluding 10300, 10400, 10500, 11200, 11300, 11400, 20200, and 31500); FIS (any course 20000 or higher);  and STAT (any course 30000 or higher).

Note 2: CES Elective – Secondary Education Attribute: Also allowed with permission are EDCI 30900, 34600, 35500, or 36600.

Note 3: PHYS Elective – Choose from PHYS or ASTR courses 30000 or higher.

Note 4: PHYS Elective – Pre-health Attribute: Also allowed with permission are BIOL 10100, 10200, and any other 4 credit hour Biology class. PHYS Elective – Secondary Education Attribute: Also allowed with permission is EDCI 49700.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

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For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.