Physics- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Physics, 133 Culler Hall (513-529-5625).

Miami offers both a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physics. The A.B. degree is for those students wishing to acquire a good background in physical science to complement work in other areas. The A.B. degree is especially well suited for persons desiring teacher licensure in physics and those preparing for careers in medicine, law, or business. The B.S. degree prepares students for graduate study or employment in physics or physics-related fields. Engineering physics and biological physics are described earlier in this chapter.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts

(46-50 semester hours)

All of these:

MTH 151, 251 Calculus I, II (5, 4) or

MTH 153, 251 Calculus I, II (4, 4) or

MTH 249 Calculus II (5)

MTH 252 Calculus III (4)

PHY 181, 182 The Physical World I, II (4, 4)

PHY 183, 184 General Physics Laboratory (1, 1)

PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

PHY 281 Contemporary Physics I (3)

PHY 292 Electronic Instrumentation (3)

PHY 293 Contemporary Physics Laboratory (2)

PHY 294 Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation (2)

Three hours of physics courses numbered 300-399 (excluding PHY 311) or above 410 with written approval of your physics adviser

Ten hours of related courses with written approval from your physics adviser

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to combine teacher licensure with an Arts and Science major must observe the rules, procedures, and restrictions pertaining to admission to a licensure cohort as outlined in the School of Education, Health and Society chapter. For information, contact the Office of Student Services in the School of Education, Health and Society, 202 McGuffey Hall (513-529-6418).

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(63-71 semester hours)

All of these:

MTH 151, 251 Calculus I, II (5, 4) or

MTH 153, 251 Calculus I, II (4, 4) or

MTH 249 Calculus II (5)

MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

MTH 252 Calculus III (4)

PHY 181, 182 The Physical World I, II (4, 4)

PHY 183, 184 Physics Laboratory (1, 1)

PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

PHY 281 Contemporary Physics I (3)

PHY 292 Electronic Instrumentation (3)

PHY 293 Contemporary Physics Laboratory (2)

PHY 294 Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation (2)

PHY 437 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics (4)

PHY 451 Classical Mechanics (4)

PHY 461 Electromagnetic Theory (4)

PHY 483 Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)

PHY 491 Introduction to Quantum Physics I (4)

Choose ONE advanced laboratory course from the following:

PHY 420 Advanced Laboratory Physics (4)

PHY 423 Materials Physics (4)

PHY 441 Optics and Laser Physics (4)

PHY 442 Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules (4)

PHY 471 Advanced Electronics (3)

Choose TWO courses from the following:

PHY 421 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4)

PHY 422 Physics for Medicine and Biology (4)

PHY 427 Nano-scale Science and Technology (3)

PHY 431 Elementary Particle Physics (3)

PHY 435 Introduction to Astrophysics (4)

PHY 481 Gravitation and Space Time (3)

PHY 488 Research Capstone in Physics (3)

PHY 490S Topics in Physics Seminar (3)

PHY 492 Introduction to Quantum Physics II (3)

Advanced laboratory courses not used to fulfill the advanced laboratory requirement

Advising tracks (recommended, not required):

Atmospheric science: AER 118 (3); MME 313 (3); MTH 347 (3)

Materials: PHY 423 (4), PHY 437 (4); MME 223 (3); CHM 141-145 (10)

Mathematical physics: MTH 347 (3) and two other advanced MTH courses

Optics: PHY 441 (4), PHY 442 (4)

Physics, graduate school: PHY 492 (3)

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