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Requirements for a Major in Physics:

All courses in this department require a grade of C or better in the prerequisite course(s) or consent of the Department Chair to enroll in subsequent courses.

B.S. degree (Physics Option):   (Download pdf Version)

A Physics Option B.S. Degree is designed primarily for students who wish to continue their Physics career in graduate school after graduation. This is also the track a student would consider if they were desiring to start a professional career in a science or some other non-science field rather than going on to graduate school. By giving students a rigorous but diverse background in many areas, students become well prepared for a variety of possible futures.

  • PHYS 1121 – Intro to Physics & Engineering
  • PHYS 2004 – University Physics I
  • PHYS 2014 – University Physics II
  • PHYS 3004 – Modern Physics
  • PHYS 3034 – Electricity & Magnetism
  • PHYS 4003 – Mechanics
  • PHYS 4061 – Physics Research
  • Sixteen additional approved hours in physics
  • 8 hours from:
    •  CHEM 1004 – General Chemistry I
    •  CHEM 1014 – General Chemistry II
    •  BIOL 1014 – Zoology
    •  BIOL 1024 – Botany
  • MATH 2014 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2024 – Calculus II
  • MATH 3034 – Calculus III
  • MATH 3043 – Differential Equations
  • Three additional Junior-Senior hours in Mathematics
  • CSCI 1044 – Computer Programming I
  • Completion of a minor in Chemistry, Biology, Computer science or Mathematics.

B.S. degree (Engineering Physics Option):   (Download pdf Version)

An Engineering Physics Option B.S. Degree is designed primarily for students who wish to continue their Physics career in an Engineering school after graduation, typically Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. This is also the track a student would consider if they were desiring to start a professional career in a science related field rather than going on to an Engineering school. This track gives students a rigorous and in depth focus on Physics and Engineering principles meant to be applied in some type of science career.

  • PHYS 1121 – Intro to Physics & Engineering
  • PHYS 1112 – Engineering Graphics
  • PHYS 2004 – University Physics I
  • PHYS 2014 – University Physics II
  • PHYS 2123 – Statics
  • PHYS 2133 – Dynamics
  • PHYS 3004 – Modern Physics
  • PHYS 3034 – Electricity & Magnetism
  • PHYS 3123 – Electric Circuits
  • PHYS 4003 – Mechanics
  • Nine additional approved hours in physics
  • CHEM 1004 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1014 – General Chemistry II
  • MATH 2014 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2024 – Calculus II
  • MATH 3034 – Calculus III
  • MATH 3043 – Differential Equations
  • Three additional Junior-Senior hours in Mathematics
  • CSCI 1044 – Computer Programming I
  • Completion of a minor in Chemistry, Biology, Computer science or Mathematics.

B.A. degree:   (Download pdf Version)

A B.A. Degree in Physics is designed primarily for students who wish to get a well rounded background in physics, but still have the opportunity to study or major in a field outside of science. Students with a B.A. in Physics will be prepared for a wide variety of mostly non-technical careers outside of science. For a career in a science related field, additional classes or training may be required by the employer.

  • PHYS 1121 – Intro to Physics & Engineering
  • PHYS 1004 – Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1014 – Introductory Physics II

or

  • PHYS 2004 – University Physics I
  • PHYS 2014 – University Physics II
  • PHYS 3004 – Modern Physics
  • PHYS 3034 – Electricity & Magnetism
  • PHYS 4003 – Mechanics
  • Two additional courses in physics, one of which must be at the Junior-Senior level
  • MATH 2014 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2024 – Calculus II

 

Requirements for a 3-2 Major in Physics:

3-2 B.S. degree:   (Download pdf Version)

A Physics Arts B.S. Degree or the 3-2 Degree is designed primarily for students who wish to obtain two degrees in a five year period from two institutions. One degree is in Physics from Ouachtia and the second is in Engineering from a qualified Engineering school. This track is designed to prepare students for a career in engineering while still allowing them the opportunity to spend most of their time on a smaller campus. This is accomplished by students completing all or nearly all non-engineering requirements in three years while at OBU before transferring to an Engineering school. Equivalent Physics courses taken at the Engineering school are transferred back to OBU to make up the missing hours in Physics not taken in a fourth year at OBU, which allows the student to meet the requirements to receive a B.S. Physics degree from OBU. After two-three years at an engineering school (depending on the type of Engineering field chosen),  the student receives a second degree from that institution in Engineering.

  • PHYS 1121 – Intro to Physics & Engineering
  • PHYS 2004 – University Physics I
  • PHYS 2014 – University Physics II
  • CHEM 1004 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1014 – General Chemistry II
  • MATH 2014 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2024 – Calculus II
  • MATH 3034 – Calculus III
  • MATH 3043 – Differential Equations
  • CSCI 1044 – Computer Programming I
  • ECON 2013 – Macroeconomics
  • SPCM 1003 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • As many additional Physics courses as time will allow

 

Requirements for a Minor in Physics:   (Download pdf Version)

A Minor in Physics is designed primarily for students who wish to get a brief background in physics, but whose major is in another Math or Science field. Students with a Minor in Physics will be prepared as critical thinkers for a wide variety of non-technical careers outside of science. For a career in a science related field, additional classes or training may be required by the employer.

  • PHYS 1121 – Intro to Physics & Engineering
  • PHYS 1004 – Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 1014 – Introductory Physics II

or

  • PHYS 2004 – University Physics I
  • PHYS 2014 – University Physics II
  • PHYS 3004 – Modern Physics
  • Six additional approved hours in physics
  • A split minor may NOT be taken in Physics.