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The requirements to obtain the BS in Physics consist of the general College of Science requirements plus the following specific requirements:

Concentrations

The BS in Physics has the following Concentrations:

  • Applied Physics Concentration
  • Atmospheric Physics Concentration
  • Medical Physics Concentration
  • Pre-Med Concentration
  • Secondary Education 7-12 Physics/Math Certification Concentration

Degree Plan

BS in Physics

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Physics Major
Required Courses:
MATH 2313Calculus III C3
MATH 2326Differential Equations C3
PHYS 2210Vibrations and Waves C2
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics C2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics C3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism C4
PHYS 3280Physics Seminar2
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3352Analytical Mechanics II3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4342Electromagnetics II3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
Required:4
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice (complete two semesters)2
PHYS 4356Atoms, Molecules, & Solids3
or PHYS 4357 Relativity, Nuclei & Particles
Additional Hours:
Select twelve additional hours, with at least seven being upper-division of the following:12
Recommend
PHYS 3359Astrophysics3
PHYS 4353Methods of Mathematical Phys.3
PHYS 4370Health Physics I3
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper-division course work 2
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

BS in Physics with a Concentration in 7-12 Physics/Math

Required Credits: 120

Education Concentration Required
This minor requires the Secondary Education concentration
Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).Students must pass three criteria before they can choose this concentration: 1) have a UTEP overall GPA of at least 2.75, have a UTEP majors GPA of at least 2.75, pass the UTEP Qualifying Exam for Physical Science with a score of at least 80%.
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Physics Major
Required Courses:
ASTR 1107Astronomy Lab I (C)1
ASTR 1307Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)3
ASTR 1308Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)3
MATH 2313Calculus III C3
MATH 2326Differential Equations C3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra3
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics C2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics C3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism (3 Times ) C4
Select 12 hours from the following:
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3352Analytical Mechanics II3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4356Atoms, Molecules, & Solids3
or PHYS 4357 Relativity, Nuclei & Particles
Other Electives:
Select one course of the following:6
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper-division course work 3
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

Complete course two times.

3

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

C

Course requires a grade of C or better

BS in Physics w/a Concentration in Applied Physics

Required Credits: 120

Applied Physics Concentration
Required Courses:
MATH 2313Calculus III3
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra3
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics C2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism C4
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice (complete three semesters)6
Math Electives:
Select two courses of the following:6
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Upper-Division Physics:
Select nine semester hours of approved physics courses9
Select one of the following courses:3
Intro to Computer Science
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Electives
Complete 11 additional semester hours, 7 must be upper-division11
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

BS in Physics with a Concentration in Atmospheric Physics

Required Credits: 120

Atmospheric Physics Concentration
Required Courses:
GEOP 4306Meteorology3
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III C3
MATH 2326Differential Equations C3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra3
PHYS 2210Vibrations and Waves C2
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics C2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics C3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism C4
PHYS 3280Physics Seminar2
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3352Analytical Mechanics II3
PHYS 4327Atmospheric Physics3
PHYS 4329Atmospheric Radiation3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4342Electromagnetics II3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice (complete two semesters)4
PHYS 4356Atoms, Molecules, & Solids3
or PHYS 4357 Relativity, Nuclei & Particles
Other Electives:
Select two courses of the following:6
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

BS in Physics w/a Concentration in Medical Physics

Required Credits: 120

Medical Physics Concentration
Required Courses:
MATH 2313Calculus III C3
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations C3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra3
PHYS 2210Vibrations and Waves2
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics C2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics C3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism C4
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice (Complete two semesters)4
PHYS 3280Physics Seminar2
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3352Analytical Mechanics II3
PHYS 3360Comput. Methods for Phys Prob3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4342Electromagnetics II3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4356Atoms, Molecules, & Solids3
or PHYS 4357 Relativity, Nuclei & Particles
PHYS 4370Health Physics I3
PHYS 4371Health Physics II3
Math Elective:
Select two courses of the following:6
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Other Electives:
Select three additional hours at any level3
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

BS in Physics with a Concentration in Physics Pre-Med

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Pre-Med Concentration
Required Courses:
BIOL 3115Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory1
BIOL 3314Molecular Cell Biology3
BIOL 3320Genetics3
CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324 C1
CHEM 2125Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325 C1
CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry C3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry C3
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
or CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
MATH 2313Calculus III C3
MATH 2326Differential Equations C3
MATH 3335Applied Analysis I3
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics C3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics C4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism C4
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice2
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4370Health Physics I3
PHYS 4371Health Physics II3
PHYS 4177Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics1
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper-division course work 2
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6