Bachelor of Science

Degree Program Hours (120)

The Bachelor of Science in Physics prepares students for careers as professional physicists in industry, government, or graduate study in physics, engineering, or material science. It also prepares students for teaching careers. Students interested in teacher certification should contact the College of Education.

Lower Division Preparation (30)

These are required courses/common prerequisites

Course Description Credits Prerquisite Offered
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I 3 None Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1045L General Chemistry Lab I 1 CHM 1045 (co) Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3 CHM 1045, CHM 1045L Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1046L General Chemistry Lab II 1 CHM 1046 (co) Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4 MAC 1114 or MAC 2147 or placement test Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2312 Calculus II 4 MAC 2311 Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2313 Multivariable Calculus 4 MAC 2312 Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus I 4 MAC 2311 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2048L General Physics Lab I 1 PHY 2048 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus II 4 PHY 2048 Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2049L General Physics Lab II 1 PHY 2049 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum

To qualify for adminssion into the program, FIU undergraduates must have met all lower division requirements including CLAST, completed 60 semester hours, and must be otherwise acceptable into the program.

Additional Lower Division Requirements (4)

Course Description Credits Prerquisite Offered
PHY 1033 First-Year Physics Seminar 1 None Fa, Sp
MAP 2302 Differential Equations 3 MAC 2312 Fa, Sp, Sum

Upper Division Program (60 total hours, 48 hours must be 3000 level or above)

Below are the required upper division courses

Course Description Credits Prerquisite Offered
PHY 3106 Modern Physics I 3 PHY 2049 Fa, Sp
PHY 3802L Intermediate Physics Lab I 3 PHY 3106 (pre or co) Fa, Sp
PHZ 3113 Methods in Theoretical Physics 3 MAC 2313 Sp
PHY 3513 Thermodynamics 3 PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4221 Intermediate Classical Mechanics I 4 MAC 2313,PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4323 Intermediate Electromagnetism I 3 MAC 2313,PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4324 Intermediate Electromagnetism II 3 PHY 4323 Sp
PHY 4604 Quantum Mechanics I 3 PHY 3107, MAP 2302, MAC 2313, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4605 Quantum Mechanics II 3 PHY 4604 Sp
PHY 4821L Advanced Physics Lab 3 PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Sp
PHY,PHZ,AST 3(4)XXX Approved electives in physics 9

For examples of possible paths to obtaining a Undergraduate Degree in Physics in four years, please visit the major maps at this link. However, each individual is unique, and we strongly encourage you to seek the advice from our undergraduate advisor for physics majors