Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Physics (PHS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0801 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The B.S. program is intended for students planning to pursue graduate studies in physics or a closely related field.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM X040 & CHM X041 or CHM X045C
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II (with lab) or CHM X046C
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 Calculus III or MAC X283
  • PHY X048/X048L General Physics I or PHY X048C
  • PHY X049/X049L General Physics II or PHY X049C

Total Major Hours: 76 Hours

Major Core Courses - 71 Hours

Physics Courses (47 hours):

Required Courses in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (24 credit hours):

Major Elective Courses - 5 Hours

Plus 5 credit hours of Physics electives subject to approval of undergraduate advisor.

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