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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/ugrad/phys-curriculum.html

Physics BS

Students interested in physics preparation leading to professional opportunities or graduate study are encouraged to select this major.

Required General Education (8 cr):

  • MATH 121 Calculus I (4)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics I (4)

Required Support Courses (16 cr):

  • CS 110 Computer Science I (4)
  • EE 230 Circuit Analysis I (3)
  • EE 240 Evaluation of Circuits (1)
  • MATH 122 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 223 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 247 Linear Algebra (4)
  • MATH 321 Ordinary Differential Equations (4)

Required for Major (Core, 40 cr):

  • PHYS 222 General Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 223 General Physics III (3)
  • PHYS 232 General Physics II Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 233 General Physics III Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 335 Modern Physics I (3)
  • PHYS 336 Modern Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 441 Mechanics (4)
  • PHYS 447 Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
  • PHYS 448 Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
  • PHYS 457 Optics (3)
  • PHYS 461 Quantum Mechanics (4)
  • PHYS 465 Computer Applications in Physics (3)
  • PHYS 473 Statistical Physics (3)
  • PHYS 475 Advanced Laboratory (2)
  • PHYS 492 Seminar (1)

Required Electives (4 cr):

    Choose a minimum of 4 credits from the following courses:
  • AST 353 Photometry I (2)
  • AST 355 Astrometry (2)
  • AST 357 Spectroscopy (2)
  • AST 420 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
  • AST 430 Galactic Structure (3)
  • EE 303 Introduction to Solid State Devices (3)
  • EE 304 Lab: Introduction to Solid State Devices (1)
  • MATH 354 Concepts of Probability & Statistics (3) OR
  • STAT 354 Concepts of Probability & Statistics (3)
  • MATH 411 Introduction to Complex Variables (3)
  • MATH 422 Partial Differential Equations (4)
  • MATH 470 Numerical Analysis I (4)
  • PHYS 417 Biophysics (2)
  • PHYS 453 Solid State Physics (3)
  • PHYS 493 Undergraduate Research (1-6)
  • PHYS 499 Individual Study (1-8)

Required Minor: None



Physics Minor

Required General Education (8 cr):

  • MATH 121 Calculus I (4)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics I (4)

Required Support Course (4 cr):

  • MATH 122 Calculus II (4)

Required for Minor (Core, 12 cr):

  • PHYS 222 General Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 223 General Physics III (3)
  • PHYS 335 Modern Physics I (3)
  • PHYS 336 Modern Physics II (3)

Required Elective (2-4 cr):

    Choose a minimum of one course from the following courses:
  • PHYS 441 Mechanics (4)
  • PHYS 447 Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
  • PHYS 457 Optics (3)
  • PHYS 465 Computer Applications in Physics (3)
  • PHYS 473 Statistical Physics (3)
  • PHYS 475 Advanced Laboratory (2)

Physics Science Teaching BS

Requirements for this degree program can be found in the SCIENCE TEACHING section of the bulletin.

Students intending to teach physics in states other than Minnesota are advised to elect the BS Physics major and use elective credits to satisfy the professional education course requirements. For additional information confer with the science teaching advisor.