Physics (Professional), B. Phys.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 45

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B781

  • A grade of C or better must be earned in each required Physics and Mathematics course.

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.

A total of 45 hours in Physics is required, including the courses listed below.

PHYS 1205Introductory Physics I for Physics Majors5
PHYS 1215Introductory Physics II for Physics Majors5
PHYS 2203Introductory Physics III: Modern Physics3
PHYS 2303Electronics3
PHYS 3043Physical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3053Physical Mechanics II3
PHYS 3183Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 3302Advanced Lab I2
PHYS 3312Advanced Lab II2
PHYS 3803Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 4153Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics3
PHYS 4310Senior Research Project I2
PHYS 4320Senior Research Project II2
Choose two of the following:6
Electricity and Magnetism II (strongly recommended)
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Solid State Physics
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (strongly recommended)
Atomic Physics
Total Credit Hours45

Major Support Requirements

Choose one of the the following:0-5
General Chemistry
One year of high school chemistry
MATH 1914Differential and Integral Calculus I 14
MATH 2924Differential and Integral Calculus II 14
MATH 2934Differential and Integral Calculus III 14
MATH 3413Physical Mathematics I3
MATH 3423Physical Mathematics II3
Choose 3 upper-division elective hours in mathematics3
Total Credit Hours21-26

MATH 1823, MATH 2423, MATH 2433 and MATH 2443 may also be used to meet this requirement.

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at graded P/NP will not apply.

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements: college requirements are not automatically fulfilled by a previous degree.


One course at the intermediate level or demonstrated competency at that level


6 upper-division hours, 2 courses, at the 3000- 4000-level. Must be outside the major.

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Physics and Astronomy academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Physics major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH 1914 Differential and Integral Calculus I 4
PHYS 1205 Introductory Physics I for Physics Majors 5
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
MATH 2924 Differential and Integral Calculus II 4
PHYS 1215 Introductory Physics II for Physics Majors 5
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours17
First Semester
MATH 2934 Differential and Integral Calculus III 4
PHYS 2203 Introductory Physics III: Modern Physics 3
PHYS 2303 Electronics 3
Beginning Language (continued) (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 5
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
MATH 3413 Physical Mathematics I 3
PHYS 3043 Physical Mechanics I 3
Intermediate Language (Core I) 3
 Credit Hours17
First Semester
MATH 3423 Physical Mathematics II 3
PHYS 3053 Physical Mechanics II 3
PHYS 3183 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 3302 Advanced Lab I 2
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 2 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
MATH Support Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
PHYS 3312 Advanced Lab II 2
PHYS 3803 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHYS Major Elective, 4000-level 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 2 3
 Credit Hours14
First Semester
PHYS 4153 Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 4310 Senior Research Project I 2
PHYS Major Elective, 4000-level 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 2 3
Biological Science without lab (Core II) 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
PHYS 4320 Senior Research Project II 2
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Social Science (Core III) 2 3
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours120

Students may substitute MATH 1823, MATH 2423, MATH 2433 and MATH 2943 calculus sequence instead of MATH 1914, MATH 2924, and MATH 2934.


At least 4 hours of upper-division General Education will be required to complete the 48 hour upper-division requirement.